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Horse Racing betting tips: Invictus tough to conquer in Great Yorkshire Chase

Racing Post tipster Robbie Wilders advised a 33/1 place in his previous column and is back in the chair with three tips at Doncaster.

Robbie Wilders’ tips

11.50 Doncaster - Funambule Sivola 4/1
2.05 Doncaster - Ashroe Diamond @ 11/8
3.15 Doncaster - Annual Invictus @ 18/1

Horse Racing

11.50 Doncaster - Funambule Sivola @ 4/1

FUNAMBULE SIVOLA stands out like a sore thumb off a mark of 148 in the 2m handicap chase that opens the Great Yorkshire Chase card at Doncaster.

He landed this two seasons ago off 4lb higher (9lb higher when factoring in the capable Ned Fox’s claim) before going on to bag the Grade 2 Game Spirit Chase at Newbury. It is easy to imagine a similar path being charted now.

This is his time of year and perfect conditions (two miles, decent ground) and his three efforts this season that have coincided with his dropping in the weights are hardly suggestive of a chaser completely on the decline.

He doesn’t like soft ground and this is his most realistic assignment since he won the 2023 Game Spirit, which is clearly a much better race than this.  

Robbie Wilders’ tip:

Funambule Sivola @ 4/1 - 2pts win

Horse Racing Betting Tips

2.05 Doncaster - Ashroe Diamond @ 11/8

If there is a banker on the card it is ASHROE DIAMOND in the Grade 2 Yorkshire Rose Mares’ Hurdle. She is my idea of the Mares’ Hurdle winner at Cheltenham in March and can boost her festival prospects.

This looks a two-horse race to these eyes, as Under Control’s Newbury reappearance needs some explaining and she must improve to get involved in this company anyway.

Ashroe Diamond faces a formidable opponent in Gala Marceau, but she gets 3lb from her stablemate, who is two years younger and making her belated seasonal return. She could be rusty, while two and a half miles would seem her optimum trip.

Perhaps the same can be said of Ashroe Diamond, who notched a career-best performance on Racing Post Ratings when chasing home Teauhupoo and Impaire Et Passe in the Hatton’s Grace in December, but her form just continues to stack up well.

Splitting Grade 1 winners Marine Nationale, Irish Point and Champ Kiely in the 2022 Royal Bond was an outstanding effort. The valuable experience she has gained against the boys can stand her in good stead as she reverts to mares-only company. 

Robbie Wilders’ tip:

Ashroe Diamond @ 11/8 - 2pts win

3.15 Doncaster - Annual Invictus @ 18/1

bet365 are serving up six places for the Great Yorkshire Chase and ANNUAL INVICTUS is the horse to have on your side.

Every pound counts in these major handicaps and I was encouraged to see top 5lb claimer Freddie Gordon booked early doors for the mount. 

Annual Invictus’s seasonal comeback in a lucrative handicap hurdle at Plumpton on ground that was softer than he would have liked was a really good effort 20 days ago.

The first three home were well-fancied, race-fit improvers and we can expect more from Annual Invictus on a return to fences, off a 7lb lower chase mark, on a quicker surface and with that run behind him.

We know he’ll stay as he finished a keeping-on sixth over three and a half miles in the bet365 Gold Cup at Sandown just two starts back, building on his eighth-placed finish when faring best of the British runners in the Kim Muir.

Chris Gordon’s record at Doncaster also makes Annual Invictus of some interest, as he is a rare enough visitor there. 

Gordon has only saddled one winner from seven runners at Town Moor, but all of them finished in the first four.  

Robbie Wilders’ tip:

Annual Invictus @ 18/1 - 1pt each-way

Robbie Wilders’ tips

11.50 Doncaster - Funambule Sivola 4/1
2.05 Doncaster - Ashroe Diamond @ 11/8
3.15 Doncaster - Annual Invictus @ 18/1

This article was written by a partner sports writer via Spotlight Sports Group. All odds displayed on this page were correct at the time of writing and are subject to withdrawal or change at any time.

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