Racing:The Toiseach must be given the vote

The former National Hunt jockey Steve Smith Eccles (right) gives a runner-by runner analysis of today's Grimthorpe Chase at Doncaster.
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Scotton Banks: Certainly not the force he was and looks to have become moody.

Colonel In Chief: Hampered on his latest start on this track. If that run is ignored he can be given a big chance on the strength of his second to Strath Royal at Wetherby.

The Toiseach: I taught this horse to jump and he has taken to the chasing game really well, winning four out of five including the Reynoldstown Novices' Chase at Ascot. If the ground is good or faster, look no further for the winner.

Galatasori Jane: Trainer and horse are in good form. The mare has already won seven times this season, including last time at Warwick on sticky ground. If it comes up soft she has a chance at these weights.

Random Harvest: Has an each-way chance on his running behind Speaker Weatherill at Town Moor in January. Some stable-mates have not been firing on all cylinders, however.

In Truth: Likes this course, as he proved when second to Speaker Weatherill in the Great Yorkshire Chase. Although out of the handicap he could run another big race and has each-way claims.

Conclusion: The ground is the key factor but if it is on the fast side look no further then THE TOISEACH who trounced his rivals by 29 lengths in the Reynoldstown Novices' Chase at Ascot. Fellow novice Galatasori Jane must be on the short-list if the conditions are soft while Colonel In Chief could figure if his last run is ignored.

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