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The Flat season on the turf draws to an end in the UK on Saturday with Doncaster, as always, the host venue. They've got Listed action via the Gillies Fillies' Stakes and the Wentworth Stakes ahead of the November Handicap at 2.40pm. It's an eight-race card at Doncaster from 11.50am-3.45pm and The Racing Post has got a race-by-race preview for all the Doncaster action.


11.50 - Virgin Bet Nursery (6f)

Wonderful World was a good second at Newbury a fortnight ago and shouldn't be discounted having gone up 2lb for that effort, while He's A Gentleman also took a silver medal back from Haydock (5f, soft) last time and should relish conditions and this extra furlong.

STRAITS OF MOYLE had won two on the trot at Carlisle and Ayr prior to being well-held at Chester (6f, good) in September. Richard Fahey's charge wasn't done many favours on the Roodee when held up off a slow pace and, back on this galloping track, is of interest from an unchanged mark.

Selection: Straits Of Moyle

Next Best: He's A Gentleman

12.20 - Virgin Bet Cock O'The North EBF Maiden Stakes Division 1 (6f)

Having cost 222,000 gns as a foal, Kodiac filly Kidwah looks a very likely sort on paper for William Haggas and Jim Crowley in Shadwell blue, so any strong vibes behind her in the betting would need to be noted.

Mr Zero and Filbert Power are two more with potential on paper ahead of their debut appearances but STAR ZINC made a solid start when second at Yarmouth (6f, good to soft) last month and, with the winner of that race following up seamlessly at Wolverhampton since, Charlie Fellowes' runner has every chance here with improvement to come.

Selection: Star Zinc

Next Best: Kidwah

12.55 - British EBF Gillies Fillies' Stakes (Fillies' & Mares' Listed, 1m2f)

Bashkirova is 3-3 thus far for William Haggas and the Pivotal filly has more to come in all probability. She showed an ability to handle softer ground at Newmarket last time and, if seeming out this extra two-furlongs, is the one to beat.

Zawara has run well in Group 3 company in Ireland the Dubawi filly is a key threat, seeking to launch what is a big day for her connections ahead of Tarnawa defending her Breeders' Cup Turf crown later.

Stamina appears a forte for Glenartney if things get testing late on, while Lady Hayes should find this easier than the Ascot Group 1 she contested last time.

VIA SISTINA was back from a break and much-improved when swooping last-to-first in a Newmarket handicap over this trip last month. The daughter of Fastnet Rock handles soft and is again likely to be played late by Jamie Spencer. She's certainly worth her place upped in grade.

Selection: Via Sistina

Next Best: Zawara

1.25 - Virgin Bet Handicap (7f)

Fresh hasn't managed to score since Ascot in May but there's been nothing wrong with his attitude along the way in four solid runs and, once again, ground conditions will be favourable to him.

He's on the shortlist alongside last year's winner Tomfre, only rated 1lb higher now, for Ralph Beckett.

Orbaan was second over C&D a fortnight ago and is likely to be in the mix, with fourth-home Hafeet Alain a possible contender if building on that return. Raising Sand tends to save his best for Ascot and so maybe BERNARDO O'REILLY can net a deserved win.

Richard Spencer's 7YO has been a model of consistency in his efforts this season but remains winless. He's still 1lb lower than for his last success at this track in September 2020 and, given he acts on all ground, he should go well again.

Selection: Bernardo O'Reilly

Next Best: Orbaan

2.05 - Virgin Bet Wentworth Stakes (Listed, 6f)

King's Lynn found only Vadream too strong in an Ascot Group 3 at the start of last month and his strong Doncaster track record (one win, two seconds) points to another big run despite the concession of weight all round now. He was 14/1 and very likable last time but, as market leader now, can be opposed.

Dakota Gold won this last year and there's no reason he won't have another big tilt in him now but the fly in the ointment could be TARHIB for William Haggas and Jim Crowley. The Dark Angel filly was second on heavy ground at Newmarket on debut a year ago and, absent afterwards for 338 days, has run out a convincing winner at Lingfield and Yarmouth in two starts since returning last month.

Admittedly, she was a 1/40 chance last time but there's almost certainly a lot more progress to come and she's got a challenge in her.

Punchbowl Flyer didn't have much luck last time and joins class-dropping Rhythm Master amongst the alternatives. Richard Fahey's Dark Angel colt sports a new visor and, like Tarhib, is a three-year-old with more to give.

Selection: Tarhib

Next Best: Rhythm Master

2.40 - Virgin Bet November Handicap (1m4f)

Rhythmic Intent was second in this last year at 28/1 and returns only 3lb higher in the ratings. He won over 1m6f here at the St Leger Festival and has run creditably again since over C&D. Stuart Williams' charge likes cut in the ground and is capable of being involved again. The stable also saddles East Asia and Cardano, both are entitled to respect.

This is, of course, a deep field with 23 runners engaged and it's plausible to give plenty of them chances.

Trainer David Menuisier has kept the wraps on Flyin' Solo since midsummer. He went close on his last start at Newbury in July from 1lb lower and was an impressive York winner this season on softer going. He's low-miles and could thrive today.

Mr Curiosity was a convincing winner at Redcar three weeks ago, handles soft and is considered a player again despite an 8lb rise in the ratings.

WHITEHAVEN has been showcasing stamina at 2m recently, scoring at Haydock in the middle of last month and then a solid third at Newmarket last weekend behind strong stayer Solo Saxophone. He's not short on pace at this trip and a strongly-contested 1m4f around here on soft ground from an unchanged mark should suit him if he's ready to roll again.

Selection: Whitehaven

Next Best: Flyin' Solo

3.10 - Virgin Bet Cock O' The North EBF Maiden Stakes Division 2 (6f)

Potentially the weaker of the two divisions in this Cock O'The North Maiden and, at any rate, newcomers Taratari and Denning don't look as menacing as those debutants featuring earlier. Eve Johnson-Houghton's Caravaggio colt is preferred, of that pair.

HEBRIDES cost a six-figure sum after his breeze-up and the Mehmas colt ran on for third at Newbury 15 days ago after a bit of a tardy beginning. With that heavy-ground run behind him, Tom Marquand's mount should come forward and he rates the one they all must worry about.

King Alfred was behind him in fifth and needs to improve now with Hollie Doyle on board to reverse the placings, so the main danger could be presented by Oasis Gift. Andrew Balding's colt moved well enough on debut at Kempton last time but he didn't find a lot when the question was popped. He is entitled to be wiser now.

Selection: Hebrides

Next Best: Oasis Gift

3.45 - Virgin Bet Apprentice Jockeys' Training Series Final Handicap (7f)

Mossbrawn was a convincing C&D winner a fortnight ago on heavy ground and, at the end of a pleasing season, a fourth success isn't out of the question having gone up 5lb for that score. He should be in the mix.

Gifted Ruler put in a better showing at Newbury last time on heavy ground and may build on that, though he has to concede weight all round today.

The hat-trick seeking Ugo Gregory is up 4lb for his latest score but is well-served in that regard by Mark Whinn's 7lb allowance. INTERNATIONALDREAM found Dark Shot too strong - just - at Catterick last time (6f, soft) but it was an indication that he's on the sort of mark from which he should soon win. He's only had a couple of attempts at 7f and is no forlorn hope for seeing it out. He's got a bit going for him.

Selection: Internationaldream

Next Best: Mossbrawn




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