Dorans Way is one to rely on
Stick with Dorans Way to maintain his remarkable improvement in the Miller Pilsner Handicap Hurdle at Musselburgh today.
The George Moore-trained eight-year-old, who looked a lost cause not long ago, has revealed his latent talent over the last three months.
After winning a valuable novice hurdle at Galway in October 1995, Dorans Way entered a long spell in the wilderness. He joined Middleham-based Moore this season and on his reappearance saw off 18 rivals in a Catterick seller.
That was nothing spectacular - he attracted no bid - and he repeated the trick at the end of the month. Again, the audience snubbed the post-race auction - and one or two people may now be kicking themselves for doing so.
Dorans Way finished second in a non-seller at the course in January but resumed winning ways at Musselburgh last month, beating Ooh Ah Cantona by four lengths.
He soon returned to the same course and produced an impressive performance, going well clear before being eased down to beat Lord Podgski by three lengths.
Dorans Way has been raised a whacking 22lb in the weights since his latest win but is in such fine form that he should not be deserted yet. He is clearly ideally suited by Musselburgh's flat, fair track and regular pilot Niall Hannity has excelled on the horse.
A much more speculative wager is Citizen Kane in the McEwans Lager Novices' Handicap Hurdle. It is very rare for Oliver Sherwood to venture to Scotland from his Upper Lambourn base but he does so with Charming Girl - who has a good chance in the novice chase - Merlins Dream and Citizen Kane.
The five-year-old, twice a winner on the Flat for Aidan O'Brien - did enough in three novice hurdles last season to show that connections' high regard for him would not be misplaced.
But he has flopped this term, including when pulled up on his latest start at Stratford at the end of December. Having been given two months off, Citizen Kane is worth one more chance off a lowly mark.
Enborne, a winner at Newcastle in January, was not disgraced when fourth to Barney Knows at Doncaster last time and can notch his second victory in the Miller Genuine Draft Intermediate Open National Hunt Flat Race.
At Fontwell, Kimbers is worth chancing in a very open race for the Coral Handicap Hurdle. George Wareham's 11-year-old has run only once since winning at Wincanton back in 1994, finishing a length and a half second to Yet Again at Kempton last season.
Given that Kimbers has clearly been very difficult to train, one hopes he is wound up to make a bold show on this rare appearance.