Dave Nevison's top tips for Thursday: Sheriff ready to take charge in Park Hill

Wed 9 Sep 2020

Our top tipster selected a 6-1 winner at Doncaster on Wednesday and has three more selections for the action on Town Moor on Thursday plus one at Haydock.

1.00 Haydock: Bellatrixsa at a general 7-4

This is a filly from a late-maturing family and gets her chance to break her maiden in this competitive handicap.

She improved massively from her first run when second to an odds-on favourite trained by William Haggas at Ayr last time out and though beaten by a comfortable half a length, she was 12 lengths ahead of the third.

I definitely think a rating of 70 underestimates her ability considerably and she can take advantage here.

2.40 Doncaster: Uncle Jumbo at a general 6-1

Bids to win a sales race for the second time on the course he won at on his debut and over half a furlong further than at York last time, and both factors can help his chances of winning.

He ran well enough last time out but was pretty much alone on the stands side, amongst the principles, and did not have the speed of the useful Happy Romance.

He did stay on very well though and is still a useful prospect, so should certainly go close here.

3.15 Doncaster: Monica Sheriff at 6-1 with Ladbrokes and Coral

This is a cracking renewal of the Park Hill Stakes, but I think this filly’s effort in the Ebor on her latest start can be massively upgraded and she can step up here.

She was a hugely progressive performer last season and eventually progressed to winning at Group Three level.

Several factors make me believe she can improve again. The Ebor was her seasonal debut and first run in a big field handicap, but she was very well backed on the day, so was clearly expected to go close.

She was also held up, perhaps too far out of her ground, but stayed on best of all close home and was staying on well at the finish.

I think she is likely to be ridden nearer the pace in this race as she was in her wins last season. Tom Marquand gets on very well with her and is back on board, so there are plenty of positives.

4.15 Doncaster: Fighting Irish at a general 11-1

I am taking a chance that David O’Meara will further prove himself with older horses he gets from other stables here and will be looking very closely at the market all morning for indications of confidence behind this five-year-old.

There is no doubt he could be well handicapped, but clearly lost his way for Harry Dunlop over the last couple of seasons.

He was highly tried for his former trainer but, to be fair, did win probably the worst Group Two race run in recent seasons and regularly ran okay in Group races.

However, this drop down to handicaps for his excellent trainer looks very interesting to me.

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