Dingo Dollar tops small Sky Bet Chase field but is not a certain starter
Favourite Dingo Dollar heads a field of 11 declared for Saturday’s Sky Bet Chase at Doncaster, although trainer Alan King has warned the seven-year-old is not a certain starter if the ground is deemed to be unsatisfactory.
Ground conditions on Town Moor were described as good, frozen in places on Thursday morning, although officials are optimistic racing will go ahead as temperatures rise towards the weekend.
However, King, who landed the Sky Bet Chase in 2016 and 2017 with Ziga Boy, will monitor the going and is hoping conditions will differ from the good, good to firm in places at Doncaster's last fixture on January 9.
Writing in the Racing Post Weekender, King said: "He needs some rain at Doncaster and I wouldn't run him if the ground was as it was for the last meeting there.
"He jumped superbly in front when third in the Ladbrokes Trophy at Newbury last month and the Sky Bet Chase has been his target ever since, with the Scottish Grand National his long-term aim."
With only 11 runners declared, Saturday's race is set to feature the smallest field since 2007, when it was run at Southwell during the redevelopment of Doncaster.
Warriors Tale, who was beaten a head by Wakanda in the race last year, is among Dingo Dollar's rivals, as are Go Conquer, Willie Boy and On Tour.
Dingo Dollar is 9-4 with bet365 ahead of the Nicky Henderson-trained O O Seven at a general 5-1, while Warriors Tale is third favourite at 11-2.
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