Gazette horse racing selections for Saturday

It's a big day at Doncaster on Saturday
It's a big day at Doncaster on Saturday
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Big Country could be the value call in the 32Red Lincoln at Doncaster.

Big Country could be the value call in the 32Red Lincoln at Doncaster.

The prestigious handicap is the traditional curtain-raiser to the Flat turf season in Britain and another fiercely competitive renewal looks in store.

The booking of Ryan Moore to ride the Michael Bell-trained Fire Brigade is notable, while William Haggas will have high hopes of claiming a fourth victory in the race with Addeybb.

However, Big Country proved his well-being with a comeback victory in the Lincoln Trial at Wolverhampton this month and that match fitness could prove crucial.

Proceedings get under way with the Unibet Cammidge Trophy, in which Lancelot Du Lac should take some beating.

Last season’s Stewards’ Cup hero will be sharper than several of his rivals following a couple of spins on the all-weather.

His fine weight-carrying victory at Wolverhampton recently suggested he is better than ever.

Taqdeer is a fascinating contender for the Spring Mile.

John Gosden’s charge has had his issues, having been sidelined since winning successive races two years ago. His high-profile connections would not have persevered if they did not feel he was worth the wait, and it is interesting he contests such a strong race on his long-awaited return.

The Richard Hannon-trained Tabarrak can give weight and a beating to his five rivals in the Unibet Doncaster Mile.


BANGOR: 1.40 Spirit Of Hale, 2.15 Same Circus, 2.50 Comber Mill, 3.25 Lough Derg Farmer, 4.00 Ballymoy, 4.35 Euxton Lane, 5.10 Lust For Glory.

NEWBURY: 2.05 Sego Success, 2.40 Oistrakh Le Noir, 3.15 Petticoat Tails, 3.50 Sametegal, 4.25 Rathhill, 5.00 Caribert, 5.35 Mystifiable.

THURLES: 2.10 Turcagua, 2.45 Montalbano, 3.20 Samson Bill, 3.55 Dorydalis, 4.30 Call The Taxie, 5.05 Select Opportunity, 5.40 Young Ted.

WOLVERHAMPTON: 5.45 Mehdi, 6.15 Blackheath, 6.45 Jazirat, 7.15 Mimram, 7.45 Kamra, 8.15 Highly Focussed, 8.45 Haraz, 9.15 Reason To Believe.

DONCASTER: 1.50 LANCELOT DU LAC (NAP), 2.25 Taqdeer, 3.00 Tabarrak, 3.35 Big Country, 4.10 Langholm, 4.45 Argentello, 5.20 Swansway. 5.50 Tagur.

LINGFIELD: 2.00 Mother Of Dragons, 2.30 Sallab, 3.10 Poet’s Society, 3.45 Encore D’Or, 4.20 Inuk, 4.55 Attain.