Ryan Mania Back On The Saddle With Three Rides At Doncaster

The Grand National winner is back from the sidelines after suffering broken ribs
20:02, 28 Jan 2022

I am all heeled up and ready to go.

There was no way I could miss two weekends in a row. Luckily for me, I didn’t miss any winners whilst sat on the sidelines last weekend with broken ribs. I have lots to look forward to this weekend with three nice rides at Doncaster. 

Firstly, I have Coolbane Boy in the Grade 2 River Don Novices Hurdle who surprised me when he won last time at Musselburgh. He has had his little niggles but Sandy Thomson has managed to get him right and there could be enough improvement in him to win a race like this, which for a Grade 2 looks to be missing a superstar and is most definitely a winnable race. 

Coolbane Boy
Coolbane Boy

Midnight Shadow runs in the Skybet Chase. Unfortunately, he has top weight in a very competitive handicap, so I feel like he would have to produce a career best to win, but he is certainly capable of it. The biggest question mark is his stamina. Will he stay, or won’t he? That is the question. I’m very confident he will but we will find out tomorrow. 

Prairie Wolf in the bumper I think is a star of the future. He is a lovely young horse who is being delicately handled by Sue Smith with the future in mind. He has his ground and track so am very hopeful he can run a good race despite carrying a penalty for winning a bumper.

Prairie Wolf
Prairie Wolf

Elsewhere, I’m looking forward to seeing Aye Right run down at Cheltenham. He gained a well deserved win last time at Newcastle and I recently gave him a racecourse gallop at Musselburgh where he felt in great order. 

He is very well trained by Harriet Graham and it is also her last runner as a sole license holder because she joins forces with Gary Rutherford from Monday. He has the very good Chantry House to beat but he is having to bounce back from a poor performance in the King George so I genuinely think Aye Right has a great chance.

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