Saturday 30 March 2019

2:35 Doncaster Unibet Novice Stakes (Sundays) (3YO update)

14.35 Doncaster Unibet Novice Stakes (Class 5) (3YO only) 

Before I get onto what is an above average Class 5 Novice three-year-old race, let me talk about Jason Coote's Group Horse. Yes, I know I go on about it a lot but all it takes is five minutes to scroll down the trainer list and there you have it, what horses are entered in Group races and it gives you the advantage over your ordinary Joe punter. 

Take last year, for instance, an ordinary Class 5, 2-year-old race at Kempton, well just a quick look through the entries and there he was Global Spectrum (pictured), trained by Miss Gay Kellaway and owned by Dr Johnny Hon, nothing special about that right? But I noticed he was entered for the Group 2 Champagne Stakes and for whatever reason never ran, has to be decent to be entered for that I thought. 

Global Spectrum wasn’t fancied in the market, so I just had a two pound each way bet at 16/1. Ridden prominent by the great man himself, Gerald Mosse, Global Spectrum was prominent before keeping on well to win by just over two lengths, also winning his next race and is actually still entered for the 2000 Guineas in May. 

The list is endless, to be honest, and I could go on forever about all the winners on Group Horse and could even tell you the story about a 100/1 shot off the list (I will save that for another day). 

The right time to talk about the race tomorrow, if you look at the Timeform and Attheraces write-ups about each horse you will see they are well thought of, but checking Group Horse 2018 gives you a bit more insight into a few of these that I will share with you. Cool Exhibit is a 50,000 Guineas breeze-ups purchase trained by Simon Crisford who wasn’t fancied on debut but won easy at odds of 12/1 back in May last year, not sure why he hasn’t run since but I know he was thought good enough to be entered in the Windsor Castle Stakes and the Group 2 Coventry Stakes. 

Fox Champion trained by Richard Hannon for owners King Power Racing, a bit more experienced with two runs under his belt, winning easily on debut before getting beat by a 40/1 shot. Fox Champion was entered in a host of Group races last season which included the Group One Dewhurst Stakes and the Group One Phoenix Stakes to name a few. 

Franz Kafka trained by John Gosden ran a great race first time out to finish third at 33/1 before being a beaten odds on favourite in his last race. He only had one Group race entry to his name as a 2-year-old, the Group 2 Royal Lodge Stakes.

Add to the mix you have some top newcomers from top yards this race could be a cracker. 

Conclusion: It’s a hard race to access with newcomers and penalties to be wary of, I would let the betting settle before having a bet or just watch and enjoy. Good luck and thanks for reading.