INTERESTING CARDS TODAY, FRIDAY. MELVIN THE GRATE.

I am going to have a go today. The site was plus 2 last Saturday so up to 26.5 I believe.

Doncaster 1 40. ACT OF CHARITY is a lovely looking fine big colt and has ability. He will handle the squidge today for an in form yard. 1 pt win at 5/1 with William Hill or Bet 365.

Doncaster 3 45. BROCKWELL is a standout 11/1 with Bet Victor so 1 pt win at that. This horse is running well all year and loves a dead flat galloping track with some give. All the ingredients are there for a big showing from him.

Doncaster 4 20. ZAIN EAGLE is 15/2 with Bet 365 and a 1 pt win on this very well thought of colt from Butler’s yard. He deserves his top weight on what he has shown so far and it is easy to forgive him his last run at Chester as he had no chance held up on that occasion and he had also had three quick runs in succession. He can pick these up late. He remains well handicapped and lets hope he keeps his cool on the way to the start.

Doncaster 5 20. MELVIN THE GRATE is 5/1 with Hills and Sky Bet and another 1 pt win at that as I think he has a great chance. I know you should never bet in these ‘apprentice’ races but we must make an exception here. Balding doesn’t employ just anyone that turns up and it is fair to assume young Halpin is going to make it and he has already ridden 5 winners. I am very strong on this horse today.

Newbury 3 00. I am hopeful that the top rated MUSICAL COMEDY can give away chunks of weight to the likes of Dutch S [16 lbs] and show he is better than this grade. He revels in the mud and has the right man in the plate to nurse him home. 1 pt win at an easing 9/4 generally now.

I hope to appear a bit more often again from now on and congratulations to Tony Mullins and Barry Connell with Bishopslough at Thurles yesterday.

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