Thomas Hobson can defy handicapper at Doncaster
Thomas Hobson has been a model of consistency for John Gosden this season and slogged his way through the Goodwood mud to land a third handicap success recently. Although the son of Halling appreciates soft ground he is not simply a mudlark.
Earlier this season he won at Newbury under a fine ride from tomorrow’s partner, Robert Havlin. His only defeat in four starts came at the hands of Battalion but that winner could prove better than a handicapper.
Thomas Hobson races off a career-high mark of 97 on Saturday but should be hard to beat. There are plenty of dangers including Godolphin’s Ennistown who has a very similar profile.
The Racing Post Trophy is the feature event and there is growing confidence behind the Godolphin runner Pinzolo. It is difficult to know just how good this colt might be as his rider had to wait patiently for a gap to appear at Newbury last time.
As soon as the leader left the rails, Pinzolo charged through the gap to win decisively. Aidan O’Brien saddles three in an attempt to chalk up a remarkable eighth victory in the race whilst Roger Varian’s Kingston Hill is also well fancied.
O’Brien also has sound claims in the opener with Stubbs, an expensive failure at the Royal meeting when only sixth to stable companion War Command. He has been given plenty of time to recover from his exertions and can take the Doncaster Stakes at the expense of Night Of Thunder.
The sprint handicap at 3.15 looks wide open with course and distance winner Steps certain to be popular. A high draw should be favourable but there are plenty of others with chances including the first time blinkered Valbchek, the mount of Ryan Moore.
Torchlighter will take some pegging back in the nursery after romping to a seven-length success at Pontefract whilst Highland Colori can top up his Ayr Gold Cup gains in the 5.00 race.
Selections: 2.05 Stubbs, 2.40 Thomas Hobson, 3.15 Valbchek, 3.50 Pinzolo, 4.25 Torchlighter (nb), 5.00 Highland Colori (NAP), 5.30 Tatlisu