Saturday, 28 April 2018

Saturday's Racing Update

Mark Johnston - No Lippy
I will try to keep this short and sweet. 

Three two-year-old races. I will detail those with significant entries and give a brief thought or two.

1:45 Ripon - 

5f Novice Auction Stakes on good to soft going. Nine two-year-olds take part. A mix of trainers. 

The two form horses both have significant entries: Kinks, who won last time out after showing up well on debut at Kempton. Mick Channon has better juveniles than the previous few years. This son of Sixties Icon is a professional horse who is likely to lead and try and hold on. 

Tony Coyle has sent out a few two-year-olds this season but the best of the lot looks to be Broken Spear who proved something of a surprise when contesting the Brocklesby Conditions Stakes at Doncaster. This bay gelding was a 33/1 shot but ran a sterling race and only beaten three-quarters of a length. Hasn't been seen for 30+ days, which gives the impression it was due to the gelding operation. Always a slight concern why that was needed. Perhaps he had been a touch unruly since that debut effort. 

Neither horse offer great value at their prices although these race type usually go to form horses which they are the only two.

2:15 Leicester - 

No significantly entered two-year-olds at the time of writing. By all accounts an interesting race. I am pretty sure Evans rates Awake In Asia. While True Mason is well owned and cost a lot at the yearling sales.   

5:45 Doncaster - 

5f 3y EBF Maiden Stakes on soft going

Just the one significantly entered juvenile here for Mark Johnston. No Lippy is one of two fillies in this six-strong field. This British-bred daughter of Oasis Dream is well bred and a bargain buy at 44,000 euros. Related to a Listed race winner. Interesting.