Doncaster Betbright Mares' Novices' Hurdle Betting Preview: Lastbutnotleast To Win with Paddy Power
The Listed BetBright Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle race at Doncaster this Saturday afternoon is an important race on the mares racing calendar.
In terms of future breeding prospects, these races provide a platform for the best females to show their ability and get some ‘black type’, which makes them very valuable broodmares when their racing careers are over.
While many are getting their Cheltenham bets prepared, plenty will have their eyes on Doncaster on Saturday which hosts an afternoon of top quality jumps racing.
In this 3pm contest over three miles, stamina will be at a premium and Kerry Lee is a trainer who very much excels in the handling of stamina laden horses! Her six-year-old Happy Diva is the warm favourite to win with the online bookmakers and with an official handicap rating of 133, she definitely sets the bar and is a fairly worthy favourite.
Last time out, Happy Diva finished second in a Grade 2 at Sandown Park and before that she came a modest enough fourth at this course and distance. Both of her last two starts have been slightly below her best and although she has the most solid look to her form, she is worth taking on at short prices considering she does need to bounce back to her best in order to justify her short betting odds.
Donald McCain has been firing in the last fortnight, but his stable has enjoyed a solid start to 2017, in no small thanks in part to Lastbutnotleast, a seven-year-old Flemensfirth mare who followed up her Hexham win first time out with another fluent success at Carlisle on the 8th of February. You can back her at the best price of 5/1 with this Paddy Power betting offer.
The form of that is ordinary enough, but she appears to have plenty more to offer over hurdles and this step up in trip could certainly bring about some further improvement in her.
Jockey Will Kennedy gets on very well with the mare and the pair look to hold excellent each-way claims here.
Alan King’s Miss Crick is a solid mare but needs to bounce back to form having been pulled up last time out.