Owen’s Outsiders! 33/1 and Two 20/1 Selections – 25th January 2020

There’s big action aplenty on Saturday as Cheltenham returns to our screens on ITV and Doncaster hosts a card filled with cracking action. I’ve gone through the cards on Saturday looking around for the perceived value, from the bigger meetings to the lesser affairs. Here are Owen’s Outsiders for a big day of action on Saturday, and if you want our horse racing tips, there is plenty on-site now!

Exceeding Power (20/1)

Going close on his last two outings, EXCEEDING POWER has perhaps gone overlooked in the 1.10pm Lingfield on Saturday. Martin Bosley’s nine-year-old has gone close on his last two outings, beaten a neck at Kempton two starts ago before a course and distance fourth on his latest outing.

He finished close up behind Furzig, who he reopposes today, only weakening in the closing stages after looking a big threat two furlongs from home. What makes his chances so interesting is that he was a winner in this grade back in February off four pounds higher over course and distance. His recent form has been encouraging and he certainly doesn’t warrant his current price on paper.

Monbeg River (20/1)

The 3.15pm at Doncaster is a highly competitive handicap contest and the market has perhaps overlooked Martin Todhunter’s eleven-year-old MONBEG RIVER. He raced in this contest twelve months ago, finishing a brave second to a progressive rival. He returns five pounds lower after a pair of runs this season proved fruitless.

He’s not shaped badly on either occasion, however, and a return to Doncaster is a big positive, as two visits have yielded a win and a second. In-form Sean Quinlan retains the ride and a big run is anticipated.

Porto Ferro (33/1)

It’s been a long time between drinks for PORTO FERRO, whose last success came back in August 2018 off a twenty-one pound higher rating. That said, she’s been running with great credit of late and looks to have a great chance in this race.

She went very close at Lingfield three starts ago when second off a three-pound higher rating, headed in the closing stages of a six-furlong event. Two runs since have both suggested a return to five furlongs could suit, given that she’s looked flat in the closing stages over six. Her course record is encouraging and she’s tactically versatile, so she can lead or take one too.

Back at this distance, off an attractive mark, she looks to have a big run in her from a fair draw in stall seven.

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