Racing tips: Handicap rating is Heaven sent

Doncaster racecourse
Doncaster racecourse

Heaven’s Guest is a fair way short of his best form nowadays but should be good enough for the Handicap at Newcastle.

He is now eight years old and time appears to be catching up with him, with his rating having slipped to 85 at Newcastle last time before he took full advantage.

Corinthia Knight has been in fine form this winter and now sits on a perch of 105, which puts him ahead of his rivals in the 32Red Casino Conditions Stakes.

With his place on Good Friday’s Finals Day already in the bag, Corinthia Knight can continue his prep by claiming another win.

Watersmeet is also due to feature at the Easter showpiece meeting after winning a fast track qualifier for the stayers’ division last month.

Mark Johnston turns him out again in the 32Red Conditions Stakes at Kempton should really be winning again.

Some familiar names will be on show at Doncaster with Fox Appeal proving to be the pick in the Polypipe Veterans’ Handicap Chase.

Pacha Du Polder is another runner who needs no introduction and he can get his season off to a flyer in the 1st Security Solutions Open Hunters’ Chase.

Paul Nicholls produced the 11-year-old in winning trim last term and there is no reason to think he cannot do so again.

The Ditcheat team can also be on the mark with Ridgeway Flyer in the Yvonne Burdekin Novices’ Chase at Ludlow.


Doncaster: 2.15 Lisdoonvarna Lad, 2.50 Titan, 3.20 Wicked Spice, 3.55 Fox Appeal, 4.30 Pacha Du Polder, 5.00 Smith’s Bay

Ludlow: 1.50 Awake At Midnight, 2.25 Ridgeway Flyer, 3.00 Royal Irish Hussar, 3.30 Horatio Hornblower, 4.05 Mzuzu, 4.40 Vocaliser, 5.10 Virginia Chick.

Punchestown: 1.55 El Rouli, 2.30 Cuneo, 3.05 Vroum Vroum Mag, 3.35 Urbanist, 4.10 Rayna Jaymes, 4.45 Eagle Lion, 5.15 Feelin’ Groovy.

Kempton: 5.45 Aye Aye Skipper, 6.15 Duba Plains, 6.45 Native Fighter, 7.15 Watersmeet, 7.45 Al Hamdany, 8.15 Karijini.

Newcastle: 2.05 Native Appeal, 2.40 Eyes On Asha, 3.10 HEAVEN’S GUEST (NAP), 3.45 Corinthia Knight, 4.20 Lovely Approach, 4.50 International Law, 5.25 Al Khan.