Virgin Bet Preview - Saturday 5th March


04 March 2022

Virgin Bet take a look at all seven races on tomorrows card, featuring the prestigious Virgin Bet Grimthorpe Chase Handicap. Some fascinating races for you to watch live here at Doncaster Racecourse or on Sky Sports Racing.


Top Weight, Byzantine Empire (NAP) failed to make it a hat-trick of wins last time out in a Cheltenham handicap at the end of January but ran well in defeat. The form of that Cheltenham race has since worked out well with the 5th, 6th and 7th placed horses in that race all winning next time out. He has won here over course and distance on good to soft ground and looks like a horse with plenty more to come. Virgin bet paying 1/5 4 places in this race.


Get A Tonic may prove hard to beat and brings the best pieces of form to the race beating the likes of Indefatigable last time out in the Virgin Bet Warwick Mares' Hurdle. She is not unopposable however, especially now stepping up in trip for the first time although she did win an Irish Point to Point which suggests she should be fine stepping up here. A chance is taken with the Colin Tizzard trained So I Said, who has experience over this trip, has tactical pace and looks to be improving although prone to the occasional jumping mistake.


Cheddleton was no match for Allmankind and Sky Pirate in a Grade 2 race at Warwick but has been running consistently well since moving into handicap company. He is dropped 1lb and Darragh O'Keefe gets the leg on his only ride of the day. Cheddleton steps back to 2 miles and is not without his chances today. The Big Bite ran well last time out at Doncaster. He probably ran into a good one that day with the winner of that race Funambule Sivola winning next time out in a Grade 2 at Newbury. He may have plenty of class but lacks consistency in what looks like an open, competitive handicap.


Virgin Bet are paying 2nd as a winner in the Grimthorpe Handicap Chase. Cloth Cap may have the most class in this field but looks a tough horse to trust this season. Le Milos on the other hand has been a model of consistency and is tipped to make it 3 wins on the bounce off a mark of 143. Legends Gold ran well at Bangor-on-Dee finishing only 5 1/4 lengths behind Snow Leopardess who went on to win the Beechers Chase at Aintree. 129 is a fair enough mark for Legends Gold and does have a chance of running into a place.


Sultan's Pride loves it here at Doncaster and is going for his 3rd win in a row over course and distance. Imphal and looks a danger especially after a nice win at Wincanton in January but may need a stronger pace than what might be expected here today.


Silver Flyer was an impressive maiden winner at Catterick last October. He is very likely to come on for the run at Carlisle last time out. Lupus Regem looks a solid option also, narrowly beaten at Wetherby last time out and is a big danger here for the Olly Murphy yard.


Spring Meadow went off 3/1 fav when making his debut for Nigel Twiston-Davies. He showed some early speed in that race and is likely to improve for the run. He gets the tentative vote in the finale. Out of the newcomers, Kentanddover makes most appeal for trainer Johnjo O' Neill.

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