A maximum field of twenty two seasoned handicappers will head to post for this year’s Ladbrokes sponsored Portland Handicap, over the unique distance of five and a half furlongs at Doncaster.
In what is always a fiercely competitive race, punters having a bet need to take the various factors into account, trying to find something the handicapper has maybe treated lightly, hope for plenty of luck in running, along with their chosen selection being on the correct side of the draw. After taking all the above factors into consideration and not wanting to take a short price for such a race, the conclusion is there is value in betting the Ron Harris trained Secret Witness who is currently trading at 28/1with Skybet (£35 free bet) and bet365 (£200 in free bets).
The selection is a previous course winner having won a five furlong event here in August beating Hazelrigg by half a length under similar conditions that he should encounter on Saturday. Secret Witness has also finished second on two other occasions at this course and he clearly has a liking for the Yorkshire track. The selection finds himself off bottom weight and looks to be well drawn in stall twenty where there should be plenty of pace on, and big race jockey Richard Hills is a very interesting booking.
Of the remainder, Frankie Dettori’s mount Addictive Dream is much better than his previous run suggests, where he got stuck in the mud at Ripon in the Great St Wilfred behind Pepper Lane. With better ground at Doncaster, he could well give retiring trainer Walter Swinburn a timely boost. Addictive Dream is best priced 20/1 with bet365.