Today's racecards

Doncaster

  • 14:50 32Red Casino Veterans' Handicap Chase3m

  • Winner £12,021 2nd £3,530 3rd £1,765 4th £882
  • Going: Good, Good to Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 6m 12.10s
  • Off time: 14:50:18
14:50 Doncaster Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Monkerty Tunkerty 11/4
2nd Marufo (IRE) 9/2
3rd West End Rocker (IRE) 18/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 844091- MAUVE and PURPLE diabolo, PURPLE sleeves, MAUVE armlets and diamond on PURPLE cap Always Waining (IRE) 313
Nag meDistance Winner
12 11-12 p P Bowen T J O'Brien 144 40/141.00
2 00P-P14 ROYAL BLUE, EMERALD GREEN sleeves, WHITE cap, EMERALD GREEN spots Swing Bill (FR) 74
Nag meDistance Winner
12 11-10 D Pipe C O'Farrell 142 7/18.00
3 1FP-3P0 Red, White sleeves, Red spots, Brown cap West End Rocker (IRE) 39
Nag meDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
11 11-7 A King W Hutchinson 139 18/119.00
4 2-U0P45 Royal Blue, Yellow diamond, checked sleeves, Royal Blue cap, Yellow diamond Auroras Encore (IRE) 39
Nag meDistance Winner
11 11-5 Mrs S J Smith Ryan Mania 137 15/28.50
5 108-948 Royal Blue, White seams, armlets and cap Corkage (IRE) 53
Nag meCourse WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
10 11-2 b K G Reveley J Reveley 134 11/26.50
6 263141 Purple, Emerald Green and White hooped sleeves, Emerald Green cap Dashing George (IRE) 18
Nag meDistance Winner
11 10-13 b Dr R D P Newland Joshua Moore (3) 131 10/111.00
7 11-2515 Yellow, black cross belts, black sleeves, yellow stars, black cap, yellow star Monkerty Tunkerty 35
Nag meDistance Winner
10 10-11 Miss Jessica Westwood W Kennedy 129 11/43.75
8 3/5314-1 Royal Blue, Pink stars, Pink and Royal Blue diabolo on sleeves, White cap Marufo (IRE) 116
Nag meDistance Winner
11 10-11 t P J Hobbs R Johnson 129 9/25.50
9 608555 Black, Emerald Green star on body and cap, White sleeves Zitenka (IRE) 18
Nag me
11 10-9 b T D Easterby A P McCoy 127 8/19.00
10 377155 Black and White check, Grey sleeves, Orange cap Prophete de Guye (FR) 39
Nag meDistance Winner
10 10-9 H J Evans Timmy Murphy 127 25/126.00

Verdict

These veterans' races are becoming increasingly popular and this one looks particularly well-contested. Marufo beat recent Sandown winner Dashing George at Aintree in the autumn and is 9lb better off here. He goes well fresh so a break since isn't a concern. Auroras Encore isn't without a chance at the weights while Corkage is back over fences on a decent mark and likes it here. His stable landed this two years ago. Always Waining will be back at his beloved Aintree in April and this looks like a prep race but the booking of McCoy for Zitenka catches the eye and he may be a better bet than Monkerty Tunkerty and Prophete de Guye at the weights. SWING BILL has been in decent form this season and comes here off the back of a staying-on fourth in the Becher Chase over the Grand National fences. If he transfer that form back over these more conventional obstacles, he should be hard to beat. West End Rocker is a course and distance winner but has been well below par in recent runs.