Charlie Appleby sends freshman winner Yibir back to familiar surroundings on Saturday, live on Sky Sports Racing, as he seeks redemption for a shock defeat at Newmarket last month.
Breeders’ Cup Turf champion returns to USA for Grade One Man o’War Stakes (9:46 p.m.) at Belmont Park, where the four-year-old managed en route to Del Mar last year.
After being narrowly beaten on his reappearance in the Dubai Sheema Classic in March, Yibir headed into the Group Two Jockey Club Stakes as 1/4 favorite but, despite only having four to beat, couldn’t get the better of living legend Mark Johnston.
He will be keen to find his way back to winning ways against five inferior rivals, led by Pan American Stakes winner Christophe Clément. Gufo and Graham Motion Highland Chiefwho is only making his second start for the new yard after joining Paul and Oliver Cole.
Leading British driver William Buick heads to the United States for the Yibir ride, before returning to Europe to board France’s top 2000 Guinea hopeful Appleby. modern games at ParisLongchamp on Sunday, live on Sky Sports Racing.
Former Festival winner plays for in-form champ Nicholls
Champion Trainer got off to a good start in the new jumps campaign, taking advantage of back-to-back doubles on Wednesday and Thursday last week to move to nine wins out of 24 runners at a 38% strike rate.
On Saturday he sends a quality runner to Uttoxeter for the feature Handicap Hurdle Boulton Group (6:20 p.m.).
Former winner of the Cheltenham Festival Eglantine of the Threshold leads the pack after finishing second in a Listed contest last month with Angus Cheleda claiming 5lbs.
by Jeremy Scott Bisousforkatiewho raced at Cheltenham last month, and Nicky Henderson Diablo De Rouhet – taking his first steps on the track for two and a half years – leads the challenge.
Muhtashim attempts a hat-trick in a super 3-year-old handicap
Three winners of the last time face off in a fascinating Sky Sports Racing Sky 415 Handicap (20:10) at Doncaster including triple seeker Muhtashim.
Ed Dunlop’s gelding made a promising start in third at Kempton, before wins at Newcastle and Redcar.
Winner of the Redcar Rudemental is up 6 pounds from that success and could still progress for trainer Hugo Palmer, while the lower weight Go John aims to challenge an 8-pound raise, but has 7-pound contender Jonny Peate on board for Roger Fell.
Charlie Fellowes’ new hope slips back a mile after finishing a close third behind Oaks Trial winner Rogue Millennium at Wetherby last month.
Cheltenham Festival-winning trainer David Pipe has a rare flat runner in the British feature Handicap of EBF Premier fillies (6.05) as Lady Reset is aiming to add to his impressive strike rate last year – five wins from 11 starts in both codes. David Simcock’s Progressive Three-Year-Old Boy aim high and that of Mark Johnston Franking look at the main dangers.
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8.10 Doncaster – new hope
She has already shown loads in her three qualifying races and is back a mile after trying ten furlongs last time out, when she just didn’t stay after traveling well.
She clearly has a lot of ability considering she was the favorite when she debuted at the age of two, when she was far too green. I think she’s unlucky not to have won yet and she’s another interesting debutant with a handicap.
Watch all the racing from Bangor-On-Dee, Doncaster, Uttoxeter and Belmont Park live only on Sky Sports Racing (Sky 415 | Virgin 535) on Saturday 14 May.