Monday 19 March 2018

Extra two furlongs right up harry patch's street

Julian Muscat

The British jockeys' championship has been every bit as intense as the battle which saw Jamie Spencer and Seb Sanders shared the spoils three years ago. A similar outcome would be appropriate for Richard Hughes and Paul Hanagan, who go down to the wire at Doncaster today.

Winners will be hard to come by for both men. It's also a minefield for punters, a fact telegraphed by totesport's sponsorship of all eight races. Stakes should be kept to a minimum, but Harry Patch is worth an interest in the Handicap (2.0).

After forgiving him a poor last run, Brick Red did us a good turn at Newmarket last week. A similar argument is advanced for Harry Patch, which missed the break and couldn't retrieve the lost ground over five furlongs at this venue two weeks ago. The unexposed four-year-old will be much better served by this seven-furlong journey.

The November Handicap (3.10) is a real tease. Willing Foe and Senate, a pair of progressive three-year-olds, are closely matched on lines through the consistent Times Up. Preference here is for Senate -- already a course-and-distance winner, and proven on the easy surface he encounters today.

John Gosden's horse has been laid out for this valuable prize, but the vote goes instead to Lethal Glaze. This four-year-old stays well, will handle the ground and is ridden by talented 3lb claimer John Fahy. He could well spring a big surprise.

Irish Independent

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