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Friday 23 February 2018

Aidan O’Brien tipped for seventh win in the Racing Post Trophy

Ashley Iveson

THERE has been ominous support for Kingsbarns throughout the week and he is fancied to give Aidan O'Brien a seventh victory in the Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster.

For the last few weeks it has looked likely Beresford Stakes scorer Battle Of Marengo would head to Town Moor as the Ballydoyle number one hope, but he has not been declared.

It was interesting to see Kingsbarns supplemented for the race on Monday, suggesting he has been doing plenty right in his homework since a most impressive debut at Navan a little over a fortnight ago.

Having been available at tempting each-way odds soon after the entries were revealed, the Galileo colt has attracted plenty of money in recent days and the fact he now heads the market speaks volumes about the confidence behind him.

It is impossible to escape the fact the maiden he won looked particularly weak, but he could not have done it any easier and he left the impression he will come on plenty for the experience.

Autumn Stakes winner Trading Leather and Royal Lodge hero Steeler set a fair standard, but O'Brien's Camelot won this race off the back of a solitary maiden success 12 months ago and the market indicates Kingsbarns is expected to follow suit.

The main supporting race at Doncaster is the Park Hill Hospital Stakes, in which the promising Taayel can make the most of having his sights lowered.

The John Gosden-trained juvenile looked really smart when justifying favouritism on his Yarmouth debut and connections were happy to throw him straight into Pattern class next time for the Mill Reef Stakes at Newbury.

While he came up short, Taayel ran a most promising race to be beaten just a couple of lengths into third by the exciting Moohaajim and he has far less on his plate coming back to Listed level.

The money-spinning Body And Soul rates as the main threat, but she has plenty to find with Taayel on the book.

Maxentius gets a tentative nod in a wide-open Worthington's Whizz Kids Stakes at Newbury, a race better known as the Horris Hill.

Peter Chapple-Hyam's youngster is the highest-rated horse on the field on the strength of some smart form earlier in the year.

His staying-on third behind Olympic Glory in the Superlative Stakes at Newmarket's July meeting stands out as a particularly excellent effort.

He was well held by the same horse in Group One company in France last time, but is likely to benefit from a drop in grade this weekend.

The other Group Three prize up for grabs in Berkshire is the Worthington's Champion Shield Navigation Brewery Stakes (St Simon Stakes) and progressive filly Hawaafez is fancied to strike gold for Marcus Tregoning.

Wolverhampton completes the Flat fare, with Golden Pursuit likely to take a bit of stopping in the opening Breeders' Cup Live Only On ATR Maiden Auction Stakes.

Jumping fans will be keeping a keen eye on the Betfred Monet's Garden Old Roan Chase at Aintree and it is worth taking a chance on Irish raider Noble Prince.

A winner of the Jewson Novices' Chase at the 2011 Cheltenham Festival, Paul Nolan's eight-year-old found life tougher in open company last term.

That said, he ran a couple of good races behind Irish favourite Big Zeb and he returned to Cheltenham as a leading fancy for the Ryanair Chase.

Unfortunately, an injury suffered during the race meant he was unable to show his true colours, but Nolan reports his charge to be in good shape ahead of his latest trip to Britain.

The decent surface he should encounter on Merseyside will suit.

The prolific Mulligan's Man is the selection in the totepool Persian War Novices´ Hurdle at Chepstow, while Bold Chief is an interesting contender for the totepool.com Silver Trophy Handicap Hurdle.

The best bet at Stratford is Wessex King, a course winner who goes in the totepool.com Sports Bingo And More Handicap Chase.

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