Doncaster

  • 15:00 Ladbrokes Portland Handicap5f 140y

  • Winner £37,350 2nd £11,184 3rd £5,592 4th £2,796
  • Going: Good, Good to Firm in places
  • Surface: Turf

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR Sky Bet
1 (6) 235-668 Maroon and red diamonds Beacon Lodge (IRE) 21
Distance Winner
7 9-10 D Nicholls Shirley Teasdale (7) 110 1001
2 (12) 420008 Orange, Dark Green disc Secret Witness 6
Course WinnerDistance Winner
6 9-4 b R Harris James Doyle 104 1001
3 (7) 5-51405 Light Blue and Black stripes, Black sleeves and cap Rex Imperator 14
Distance Winner
3 9-2 R Charlton G Baker 104 1001
4 (11) 3-31000 Dark Blue, Pink triple diamond, Dark Blue sleeves, Pink stars, Dark Blue cap, Pink star Bajan Tryst (USA) 42
Distance Winner
6 9-0 K A Ryan G Lee 100 1001
5 (2) 58-6590 LIGHT BLUE, ORANGE epaulets Captain Dunne (IRE) 24
7 8-13 T D Easterby T E Durcan 99 1001
7 (18) 403-122 Grey, beige star, grey sleeves, beige stars and stars on cap Face The Problem (IRE) 7
Beaten FavouriteCourse WinnerDistance Winner
4 8-11 J A Osborne K Fallon 97 1001
8 (13) 41-7940 Black, Pink star, halved sleeves and stars on cap Move In Time 14
Distance Winner
4 8-11 v1 B Smart Lee Topliss (3) 97 1001
9 (21) 203374 Beige, dark green cross belts, quartered cap Doc Hay (USA) 7
5 8-11 D O'Meara D Tudhope 97 1001
10 (15) 938-616 Orange, Light Blue disc, Light Blue sleeves, Orange spots and spots on cap Singeur (IRE) 28
5 8-9 R Bastiman D Holland 95 1001
11 (5) 385314 ROYAL BLUE, WHITE Cross of Lorraine and armlets, check cap Steps (IRE) 35
Course WinnerDistance Winner
4 8-9 hb R Varian N Callan 95 1001
12 (4) 437217 Red, White stripe, diamonds on sleeves, Black cap Tax Free (IRE) 7
Course WinnerDistance Winner
10 8-9 D Nicholls Adrian Nicholls 95 1001
13 (10) 525322 Dark Blue, Red diamond, diamonds on sleeves, Red cap Mass Rally (IRE) 24
5 8-8 hb M Dods P Mulrennan 94 1001
14 (22) 0-90886 Mauve, Maroon chevrons, hooped cap Ancient Cross 24
8 8-8 t M W Easterby W Buick 94 1001
15 (14) 0/80-531 WHITE, EMERALD GREEN stars, sleeves and stars on cap Edge Closer 14
Distance Winner
8 8-8 A W Carroll P J Dobbs 94 1001
17 (20) 20-9675 YELLOW, royal blue stars, striped sleeves, yellow cap Kaldoun Kingdom (IRE) 24
Distance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
7 8-7 R A Fahey P Hanagan 93 1001
18 (1) 254021 Light Blue, White hoops, White sleeves, Light Blue stars, Black cap Kingsgate Choice (IRE) 7
Distance Winner
5 8-7 E De Giles L P Keniry 93 1001
19 (17) 8-55211 Orange, dark blue chevrons and armlets, hooped cap Picabo (IRE) 36
Distance Winner
4 8-6 h H Candy Dane O'Neill (ex1) 92 1001
20 (19) 353040 Maroon, Pink seams, Maroon cap Fratellino 6
5 8-5 t A J McCabe Martin Lane 91 1001
21 (16) 079617 Yellow, purple chevron, halved sleeves, purple and yellow hooped cap Barnet Fair 28
Distance Winner
4 8-5 R C Guest Kieren Fox 91 1001
22 (8) 4-22122 Orange, dark green disc, dark green cap Prodigality 22
Beaten FavouriteDistance Winner
4 8-4 R Harris J Fanning 90 1001
Non runners
6 (3)1/1-213Hallelujah48-11J R FanshaweHayley Turner97
16 (9)3-15000New Planet (IRE)48-7J J QuinnM O'connell93

Verdict

The Great St Wilfrid at Ripon has proved a decent trial for this in the past and Tax Free, Singeur and Barnet Fair were second, sixth and seventh respectively in that contest this year. The former subsequently beat MASS RALLY at York with Fratellino fourth and Rex Imperator, Ancient Cross and Captain Dunne further behind but Michael Dods' sprinter looked an unlucky loser that day and is fractionally better off at the weights here. He needs to arrive late but Paul Mulrennan should find plenty of cover in this big field and he can finally get his head in front where it matters today. Face The Problem will be popular again with Fallon on board as he beat last week's Ascot winner Kingsgate Choice here on his belated reappearance and had Doc Hay and Tax Free behind at Haydock last time. He's also entitled to reverse Sandown running with Edge Closer. Move In Time is interesting as he was winning in Listed company around this time last year but this could be too tough for the hat-trick-seeking Picabo and Prodigality also needs to step up on the form he's shown so far. Steps beat Secret Witness, Face The Problem and Singeur over 5f here in October last year and won at Newmarket in July but may find a few of these better handicapped now.