The weights for the 2010 renewal of the Doncaster Shield marginally favour Furmigadelagiusta but with not much to find and perhaps that bit fitter we prefer Mark Johnston's RECORD BREAKER with Merchant Of Dubai looking best of the rest. There was plenty to like about the pick's return from a break when he took to the Polytrack for the first time in a listed contest at Kempton. He was only caught in the final strides that day and given his good record in some valuable handicaps he should be that bit sharper to find what he needs to win this. Furmigadelagiusta won a listed contest on his penultimate start before a poor effort in a handicap race of the same standard last time. Off these terms he has every chance but we just feel the fitness of the pick will play a part. Merchant Of Dubai hasn't been away from the track that long so should be capable of a bold bid to follow up on his narrow victory at Wolverhampton last time but he'll need to improve to score off these terms. If this does come down to race fitness then the on-form Spruce should go well but with him given a mountain to climb at the weights we prefer Record Breaker.
Furmigadelagiusta 11-2 (9-13) In touch on outside, pushed along over 3f out, ridden and beaten over 2f out, soon eased, tailed off, 9th of 10, 43l behind Hits Only Vic (9-0) at York 1m 6f listed hcp 0-110 (1) gd in Jul.
Prince Apollo (9-4) 2nd of 9, 2 1/2l behind The Joe Mcardle (8-9) at Longchamp(FR) 1m stk gd in Sep.
Daaweitza 85-40fav (9-2) In touch, chased leader over 2f out, led over 1f out, pushed clear, won at Southwell 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) fbs beating Southern Regent (8-13) by 2 3/4l, 8 ran.
Merchant of Dubai 11-4 (9-4) Led early, tracked leader, led again 1f out, all out, won at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-100 (2) pol in Nov beating Dance The Star (8-5) by nk, 9 ran.
Record Breaker (IRE) 5-1 (9-2) In touch, ridden to lead over 1f out, caught final strides, 2nd of 8, 1l behind Buxted (9-0) at Kempton 1m 4f Listed Stakes (4yo+) (1) pol.
Spruce (USA) 8-1 (9-0) Tracked leader after 2f, led over 2f out, headed over 1f out, kept on one pace, 5th of 8, 5l behind Buxted (9-0) at Kempton 1m 4f Listed Stakes (4yo+) (1) pol.
Bow To No One (IRE) 11-4 (9-2) Tracked leading pair, headway 3f out, shaken up to lead 2f out, soon clear, ridden out, comfortably, won at Kempton 2m hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Oct beating Samaaha (9-9) by 10l, 4 ran.
Hidden Brief (8-11) 4th of 18, 2 1/4l behind Savoie (8-11) at Deauville(FR) 1m 1f lst stk std in Dec.