A real mix of horsepower in Doncaster as the Town Moor played host to a seven race evening card whilst in the town the people of Doncaster awaited the arrival of stage two of cyclings Tour De Yorkshire from Otley to Doncaster part of which included the race passing the racecourse down Bawtry Road and into the finish area just before the town centre
Seven races on a day which had all seasons going for it weather wise with sun,rain and wind combining to make for hardwork for horse and jockey alike.
5.15 William Trueman Handicap,Class 5,6f110yds,3yo,(0-75)
A competitive race which should have plenty winners to come from it.
Mywayistheonlyway was slow out of the gate but found plenty under Fergus Sweeney to just get his head in front of Willsy by half a length,having dwelt at the start he was switched to the outside of the pack and has the look of a fair type,he could be better at 7f too judging by the way he stayed on,his winning mark of 73 will certainly be much higher in a few races time, Willsy was unlucky in defeat and should get another chance.
5.45 Trueman Family Handicap,Class 3,6f,4yo+, (0-90)
Fifteen went to post but only one horse mattered as the Tim Easterby trained See The Sun scampered away from the gate and never saw another rival, he had to be kept up to his work with 1f left but even then runner up Soie D’Leau couldn’t bridge the 1.5 length deficit but had second place Brooke ahead of God Willing and Tiger Jim.
See The Sun was back to his lowest winning Mark of 82 as a 2yo,he’ll be playing his trade in the usual Yorkshire sprint handicaps,Soie D’Leau came here off the back off a good second at Newmarket and has a bit of scope still,God Willing back in third still hasn’t added to his sole maiden win as a 2yo
6.15 Doncaster Racecourse Welcomes Tour De Yorkshire Maiden Stakes,Class 5,6f,3-4yo
The cream readily rose to the top here and the Godolphin blue took this but only just for Charlie Appleby and Martin Lane as Maximian just repealed Foresight by the shortest of short heads.
Both travelled well,Maximian took the lead with 2f to go then Foresight joined in but he just couldn’t get past the winner,the pair were five lengths ahead of second favourite Mazzini.
Plenty to like about the winner,he should make into a very nice sprinter,Foresight who ran here on November Handicap day should find an easy maiden soon, Mazzini looks the type to do better when sent handicapping.
6.45 Walter Crooks No Longer A Novice Stakes,Class 5,5f,2yo
Hugo Palmer who had already taken the 2000 Guineas this afternoon added to his tally as Afandem won very nicely on debut in what looked a no more than ordinary juvenile race.
Close to the pace he ran on well and looked to know what the game is about he in turn dealt runner up Rusumaat a 3.25 length thrashing,hard to say where he could go,maybe a run in the Windsor Castle at Royal Ascot might be a target,back in third Northen Thunder from the Hannon yard showed he has a bit of ability
7.15 Wheatley Pallets Handicap,Class 2,7f,3yo,(0-105)
A double up for Godolphin on the Town Moor as Carrington began his 3yo campaign in style,like in the opener he missed the kick and had to be brought around the houses to get the better of Another Touch by half a length with Dream Mover behind in third spot.
Another one with potential this season,going in off 87 he should be able to get 1m and could go to York for a good 7f race on Musidora day or maybe a crack at the Silver Bowl at Haydock,this is a race to keep an eye on
7.45 1stSecuritySoloutions.co.uk Handicap,Class 4,1m6f132yds,4yo+,(0-85)
Braces Of Lochalsh gave Jim Goldie a nice raid on the English here as he was given a canny ride by Danny Tudhope, held up early he made his move down the long Doncaster straight and led just over a furlong out,he had to fight to get the better of runner up Rock On Bollinski by a head.
Twice a winner over 1m5f at Ayr last summer this is about his best trip,he’s a hardy stayer and not afraid of a battle,Rock On Bollinski has winning form over this trip and 2m,he should win his share in the summer
8.15 SIS Apprentice Handicap,Class 4,1m4f,4yo+,(0-85)
The unexposed 4yo Desert Encounter picked up where he left off last season and took the victory in this fair looking handicap in his stride, travelling smoothly he was still on the bridle with 2f left and jockey George Buckell had a very easy victory here for trainer David Simcock, on a very workable mark of 82 there is definelty more to come from this winner who looks to have a big race in him during the summer,possibly a Cumberland Plate type or maybe even an Old Newton Cup
Craggaknock was over two lengths down in second place,he’s an early season type and should be winning soon
Dawaa,3yo trained by Mark Johnston was fourth in the 5th race,will do better when he gets the run of the race.
Next racing on here will be Swinton Hurdle and Spring Trophy Day at Haydock on Saturday,the only mixed meeting in the UK