Turf Talk: Yuften can set pulses racing at Doncaster

Yuften ridden, by Andrea Atzeni (green cap), winning The Balmoral Handicap Stakes Race at Ascott last year.
Yuften ridden, by Andrea Atzeni (green cap), winning The Balmoral Handicap Stakes Race at Ascott last year.
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Yuften can quicken pulses on the first day of the Flat turf season by winning the Betway Lincoln at Doncaster.

Trainer Roger Charlton has never won the big handicap in South Yorkshire, but the six-year-old gelding must have a cracking chance of righting that particular wrong.

The son of Invincible Spirit is a good horse, but he is already a chiselled operator in rough-and-tumble races like this.

Note his performance at Ascot last autumn for further details as he ever so gamely accounted for 18 other rivals to win the Balmoral Handicap on Champions Day.

It is interesting Charlton and Yuften’s owners, Saleh Al Homaizi and Imad Al Sagar, have had the Lincoln in mind all winter, during which time he was gelded.

Be that as it may, a deviation from the gameplan might have been necessary had he won on his return at Wolverhampton on March 11.

The Beckhampton inmate finished a close third in the Listed Lady Wulfruna Stakes, but victory would have made him eligible to run on All-Weather Finals Day at Lingfield on Good Friday.

That obvious allure would have been difficult to resist, but it does mean Yuften runs in the Lincoln without a penalty for winning at Wolverhampton.

And though he races at Doncaster on a higher mark than at Ascot, he looks strong enough and progressive enough to manfully overcome that burden. This could be a big season for Yuften, about whom Charlton is probably only really getting to know following his transfer from Ireland last September.

The ground will also be fine for him, with the reappointment of Doncaster shrewdie Andrea Atzeni hardly off-putting.

This season’s renewal of the Betway Doncaster Mile looks strong, but there could be some mileage in going back to basics by supporting good old Tullius.


CHELMSFORD: 5.45 Pool House, 6.15 Highland Cradle, 6.45 Masterson, 7.15 Seamster, 7.45 Carigrad, 8.15 La Casa Tarifa, 8.45 Nasri.

DONCASTER: 1.50 Birchwood (next best), 2.25 Examiner, 3.00 Tullius, 3.35 YUFTEN (NAP), 4.10 Almane, 4.45 Move To The Front, 5.20 Hold Sway, 5.50 Take Two.

KEMPTON: 1.30 Wefait, 2.05 Viren’s Army, 2.40 Go Far, 3.15 Prince Of Arran, 3.50 Global Alexander, 4.25 Dolphin Village, 5.00 Glan Y Gors.

NAVAN: 2.15 Fintara, 2.50 Coeur Joyeux, 3.25 Courtly Conduct, 4.00 Mary Frances, 4.35 Crest, 5.10 The Mooch, 5.40 Mystic Theatre.

STRATFORD: 2.10 Red Indian, 2.45 Tornado In Milan, 3.20 Al Alfa, 3.55 Sioux Chieftain, 4.30 Le Braye, 5.05 Storming Strumpet, 5.35 Solomon Grey.

UTTOXETER: 1.55 Dalkadam, 2.30 Bradford Bridge, 3.05 Silverhow, 3.40 Clean Sheet, 4.15 Pure Vision, 4.50 Royal Salute, 5.25 Sparkling Dawn.