Darren Moore of Betting Gods has provided his picks for Doncaster this week as he looks to prove his mettle in the Tipster Challenge.
Moore is the Director at professional sports tipster network and here he provides SBC readers with his best bets across six races.
He will be going up against 10th placed Stephen Harris and the experts from Timeform in 14th. Harris, who represents leading affiliate bettingexpert, returned a Tipster Challenge record 15.72 points at Towcester last time out.
Had an excuse when disappointing three months ago and can bounce back to form on drying ground that will suit.
Timeform: Charming Zen
Was an expensive purchase having scored readily on his only outing in France during the autumn, and he gets the nod to make a successful start for the Dan Skelton team. Apasionado will be no pushover though, and is feared, as is Mister Whitaker.
Betting Gods: Mister Whitaker
He doesn’t look like he’s been easy to train with 5-months and 4-months gaps between his first 3 races. However, he now returns just 12-days after his last run, and could strip much fitter here. His last run also showed plenty of promise in finishing third to the well-backed Chelsea Flyer. Top Doncaster Jockey Brian Highes taking the ride again is another plus, whilst the 8lb he receives off the two previous winners should hopefully swing things in his favour.
Has shaped well on all three runs for Alan King and can get off the mark in a race where only three runners hold claims on form.
Timeform: Soldier in Action
Showed aptitude for this job whilst possibly needing the run when fifth at listed level at Musselburgh earlier this month. He looks sure to do better and gets the narrow vote to build on that effort now. Diable de Sivola, who chased home Defi du Seuil latest, is the chief threat, ahead of Alan King’s Timoteo.
Betting Gods: Diable De Sivola
Looked to take a big step-up when second to Defi De Seuil when last seen at Cheltenham in November and, with the stable in better form now, he’s fancied to see off Soldier In Action who didn’t seem to appreciate the jumping when finishing 5th of 6th on his hurdling debut.
bettingexpert: rockys treasure
Hails from a yard back in top form and can make a winning handicap debut from a generous looking mark.
Timeform: The Tailgater
A really competitive heat. The Tailgater didn’t appear to get home on his only previous attempt over 3m but that was on soft ground and he’s worth another chance at this trip having shaped well in defeat over shorter here since. Wetherby novice winner Skipthecuddles likely has more to offer now handicapping up in trip and heads the many dangers along with Some Kinda Lama and Abricot de L’Oasis.
Betting Gods: Skipthecuddles (NAP),
Apart from being cheekily named, also showed plenty of verve when winning last-time out, though it’s his previous 5-length defeat by Keeper Hill that suggests he could be chucked in here off a mark of 128. Keeper Hill beat the highly-touted Messire Des Obeaux next time, and that looks rock solid form.
bettingexpert: seventh sky
Has slipped back to a good mark and can make all the running here if able to boss things from the tape.
Timeform: Blue Kascade
Blue Kascade isn’t a typical sort for an event like this as he’s looked better than ever this season and rates a big player back on quicker ground. Last year’s winner Saint Are has to be respected, while Seventh Sky is back on a handy mark.
Betting Gods: Saint Are (NB)
Looks set to make a bold bid to win back-to-back renewals of this race, after winning last year off a 1lb lower mark. More importantly, the weights have already been framed for his main target the Grand National, and he can win here without getting a penalty for the big-race. His stable is also in excellent form with 8 winners from 24 runners in February.
bettingexpert: Paint the Clouds
Looks a class above these hunters with decent ground and this track ideal.
Timeform: Paint the Clouds
This horse has made a winning reappearance in this race the last 2 years and it will be a surprise if he doesn’t complete the hat-trick. Ardea looks the danger having shown improved form in a hunter at Wetherby this month.
Betting Gods: Paint the Clouds
It’s impossible to oppose in his hat-trick bid with everything in his favour, and is expected to take this with ease on his way to another appearance at the Cheltenham Festival.
bettingexpert: legal ok
Has joined an astute small yard after winning his Eire point and could go well if the market vibes are positive.
Timeform: Sea Sovereign
This looks a warm bumper. Sea Sovereign brings some solid form to the table and there’s a possibility this less-testing ground will see this strong traveller in an even better light. Previous winners Getaway Whiskey, Monty’s Award and Claimantakinforgan merit plenty of respect, while Black Op is a very interesting recruit from the Irish pointing field.
Betting Gods: Black Op
Is just a token gesture for the closing bumper, and the former point-to-point winner is just preferred to fellow ex point-to-pointer Lega OK, as both of them get 7lb from the three previous winners.
Where will Darren Moore enter on the Tipster Challenge leaderboard?
Rank Tipster Race Wins Points
1 Alan Alger - Betway 3 11.41
2 Jacob Johns - Easyodds 3 7.72
3 Phillip Anderson - Before The Off 3 6.17
4 Ciaran O'Brien - William Hill 3 5.29
5 Ben Cleminson - Square in the Air 1 4.50
6 John Hill - Coral 2 4.25
7 Alex Donohue - Ladbrokes 2 4.11
8 Michael Shinners - Sky Bet 2 4.00
9 Stuart Tilly - Argyll Entertainment 1 4.00
10 bettingexpert 1.50 3.79
11 Trevor Keane - Sportego 2 3.50
12 Matthew Hulmes - Betfred 2 3.25
13 Paddy Power 1 3.00
14 Timeform 1.78 2.94
15 Russell Yershon 1 1.88
16 Charlie McCann - BetVictor 1 1.75
17 Stephen Power - @racingblogger 2 1.69
18 John Cruces - Dafabet 1 1.25
19 Michael Whittle - Team FA 1 0.91
20 Ed Nicholson - Unibet 1 0.73