The Messenger looks at Sunday's racing and he has bets at Ascot and Doncaster.
Doncaster 3.35: Mobsta
A low draw definitely seemed something of an advantage at Doncaster yesterday on the straight track.
Mobsta could be incredibly well handicapped off 88 considering he was placed in a listed race at York last autumn when rated 10lbs higher. Admittedly he finished off last season finishing well beaten in three big field handicaps, but the 6yo has shown a high level of ability when getting soft ground over the years and has been given a real chance here. He won the listed sprint on similar going at the opening meeting here in 2016 and trainer Mick Channon is flying at the moment with that Cheltenham winner and well backed winner of the Brocklesby yesterday.
Ascot 4.20: Theatre Guide
At the age of eleven, Theatre Guide has always kept the best company amongst staying chasers, but deserves a first crack at the veterans only contests and can defy top weight this afternoon.
For two miles of the Betdaq Chase at Kempton last time all seemed to be well, but he faded tamely thereafter. However he was taking on younger and better handicapped rivals and things might just happen that bit more slowly today to allow him to find a better rhythm. It was only in November that he finished a fine third in the Badger Beer Chase at Wincanton off a 5lb higher mark than today.
That was the latest in a long line of consistent, high level performances in top chases on right-handed tracks. They include a win in the 2016 version of the Betdaq Chase, and a third place in 2017, plus a close third in the bet365 Chase at Sandown. There is every reason to think that Ascot will suit (only previous run here was when fourth in a Grade 1 Chase) but this drop in class is the main reason for confidence, plus the good form of the Colin Tizzard yard.
1pt win – Mobsta – 3.35 Doncaster at 7/2 with Paddy Power and Betfair
0.75pts each-way – Theatre Guide – 4.20 Ascot at 6/1 with Betbright