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14 Sep 2019

WILLIAM HILL PORTLAND HANDICAP (CLASS 2)

Apols for the lack of a recent post, the ENIGMA Racing syndicates have monopolised my time for the past few weeks - see the latest shares with Mark Johnston, Joseph O’Brien & Richard Hannon. Prices from just £180.

Everyone is on A Momentofmadness this year, although we had the distinction of tipping him in 2018 at 25/1 – see the Blog Post.

Moreover, readers of my thread on the ENIGMA forum got 33/1 (a lesson in there somewhere).

A MOMENTOFMADNESS goes very well fresh and last year skipped York en route to here, so I was surprised to see him line up at York this year. But the way he ran shaped like putting the finishing touches to him, so despite a different prep I can’t see a reason to lose faith.

The 5.5fl trip suits him perfectly, he ran an excellent time last year and is 4lbs lower now. His whole season revolves around this race and we know he’s coming into it in good nick. He doesn’t want it rattling quick, but the watered ground should be ideal.

Clive Cox is a man to keep on side at this meeting. September is usually a very good month for the yard, and this is a meeting he increasingly targets. Since 2016, his runners have returned a blind profit; 5 win or placed from 12, for +44.05 pts LSP (EW). Cox is also a previous winner of this race (as was Charlie Hills last year).  

He fields KONCHEK who was an eye-catcher last time out and looks to have been put by for this meeting.

Konchek has been highly tried but remains a low-mileage horse who has gradually come down to a workable mark. This looks his level and, most importantly, this also looks his trip and ground. The track should also suit.

You could play this various ways for a place - if you have a Hills account it would be almost rude not to take the 7 place concession - but feeling ahead of the game after last year I’m personally content to simply take these two against the field.

1.50 Doncaster, A Momentofmadness 1.5pt win 7/1 various
1.50 Doncaster, Konchek 1pt win 33/1 various

Herbie has 3 more selections today at Doncaster and Leopardstown – available to readers of his Key Racing Gold thread on the ENIGMA forum.


Doncaster racecourse, Town Moor. Home of the St Leger


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