The Messenger has two bets for Saturday including Addeybb in the Lincoln Handicap at Doncaster.
Newbury 3.15: Oscar Rose
A top class bumper mare, Oscar Rose won a listed contest at Huntingdon and was second in the Aintree bumper. She has not won over hurdles since, but has been getting her act together all season and only bad luck has stopped her winning until now. That form does mean though she is well handicapped for today.
Her worst luck came at Taunton last time when Paddy Brennan’s saddle slipped right at the start, he had to ride without irons for the final mile, but the mare still kept on gamely to get within 1l of victory. The handicapper could not really take any action so has left her mark at a generous looking 119.
Prior to that she had placed a close fourth at Doncaster after meeting trouble in running on a couple of occasions. Her jumping which was definitely a bit iffy earlier in the season seems to be improving and a think this stiffer test of stamina will bring about further improvement.
Doncaster 3.35: Addeybb
Addeybb progressed strongly through 2017 under the tutelage of William Haggas. He won his maiden at Haydock, then his first handicap at Ascot. Whilst he handled very soft ground at Goodwood, he did not quite last out the 10f that day, but had no problems with 9f when winning the Silver Cambridgeshire at Newmarket. Kept back for this since, this stiff, straight mile will be perfect and he looks another group race quality horse competing at a lower level.
1pt each-way – Oscar Rose – 3.15 Newbury at 6/1 with Paddy Power and Betfair
1pt win – Addeybb – 3.35 Doncaster at 5/1 with Bet365 and Ladbrokes