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Doncaster best bets: Sisterandbrother targets quickfire hat-trick ahead of Star Start

A competitive card at Doncaster concludes with this intriguing middle-distance handicap that should provide a compelling finale for Friday afternoon race-goers to enjoy.

17:05 Doncaster: Ashleigh Lodge Takepayments Handicap  (1¼ miles)

Jostling for the favourite tag are Sisterandbrother and Glistening Nights, with the latter having impressed with a career-best performance to land an eight-runner handicap over this distance at Wetherby at the beginning of the month.

However, it is Sisterandbrother who has really caught the eye this season on his return to the Flat after a promising 2023 campaign over hurdles.

Suggested best bet: Sisterandbrother in the 17:05 at Doncaster

This six-year-old gelding did not emerge from a seven-month winter break until late May, when he enjoyed a couple of close-up place finishes at Bath and Doncaster, before changing hands to come under the wing of Kevin Frost.

The change of scenery appears to have proved decisive, and Sisterandbrother went on to land back-to-back successes in the space of 12 days, kicking off with a 12-runner 0-70 handicap by half a length at Haydock, before being made to work even harder to win at Nottingham, where he held off the short-priced favourite by the length of his head.

He has been penalised five pounds for his troubles, but that has been astutely negated by the booking of in-form claimer Joe Leavy, who is well-equipped to put his charge right in the mix again here.


Elsewhere, Smooth Transition should strip fitter for a modest hurdle debut a fortnight ago, while Prince Achille looks interesting on his season turf debut after producing figures of 113 on his three most reason all-weather outings at Newcastle.

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Possibly flying under the bookies’ radar is course-distance winner Star Start, who has yet to fire on all cylinders in three outings this term, and came a modest fifth of 13, beaten eight lengths when last seen at Pontefract 18 days ago.

However, it appears significant that the seven-pound claimer from those previous rides has been replaced in the saddle by red-hot Oisin Murphy, who boasts a 21 percent win rate (54% place rate) this term, and is actually profitable against the betting market after over 450 rides this season.

Next best each-way punt: Star Start each-way in the 17:05 at Doncaster



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