Jwala will be a leading sprinter in 2013
13 September 2012
2.20 Doncaster Lyric Ace
That feels better. Time to blow my own trumpet and that of Jwala’s. What a brave little filly, leading all those big bruisers in the Scarbrough Stakes yesterday until the last few strides. Sole Power in top form was always going to be hard to beat, but not in 2013. Jwala has stamped her class on the sprinting division and I can’t wait for her return next season.
I doubt there are any regrets about Sole Power missing Haydock on Saturday. Yesterday's race was an ideal confidence booster ahead of a date in Paris in October and judging by the Donny performance he appears the one to beat.
Hospitality was a real treat yesterday, a big thank you to Kate Hills for the invite. A very witty John Francome conducted the auction raising just over £55,000 for the ‘Injured Jockeys Fund’. In the silent auction I was tempted to bid for a signed Wayne Rooney shirt at £300 but had to get back across the course to do the day job, so probably missed out on a bargain!
There was a brilliant finish to the ‘Leger Legends’ race with the tightest of photo-finishes between Mick Kinane and George Duffield, the nod going to Kinane. What a shame about the downpour, although walking amongst the ring very few had their spirits dampened. Hardy souls. Punters were thin on the ground, with one leading Tattersalls bookmaker reporting having only taken 56 bets in three races!
Don’t get carried away with the state of the ground as it dries very quickly at Donny so the good to soft in the description may be a distant memory by the time you read this! The final line-up for the Ladbrokes St Leger will filter through later today and I’m hoping both Main Sequence and Ursa Major, who has been heavily backed this week, make the line-up.
That’s Saturday time to get back to today and Ladies Day. At the time of writing this last night, I haven’t decided whether to dare to wear the ‘D’ word. Yes 'dress', strikes fear in me even typing it! At least there will be an atmosphere; unlike the dresses and skirts the field sizes at the course will be big. Opportunity for some big each-way value!
Indignant was going to be first port of call until she was taken out due to the ground at 7.55am this morning. I’m sticking with Richard Hannon for the valuable sales race at 2.20, Lyric Ace, ignore the last run, fourth in the Molecomb is good enough! Others I like are Cracking Lass in the Park Hill and Instance who won well in July last year. Her run at York at the Ebor meeting shows she is coming to hand.
Eight of the nine winners of Doncaster’s 1.15pm had only won once in their career to date
Six of the last eight winners of Doncaster’s 1.15pm had run at least four times
Seven of the last nine winners of Doncaster’s 1.15pm had all been beaten on their most recent race
Only one horse has carried more than 8-10 to victory in the Sceptre Stakes in the last ten years
Eight of the last ten winners of the Sceptre Stakes had come from the first three in the betting
Five of the last ten winners of the Sceptre Stakes had won on their seasonal debut
Nine of the last ten winners of Doncaster’s 2.20 had carried 8-9 or more
Seven of the last eight winners of Doncaster’s 2.20 had run four times or more
Five of the last seven winners of Doncaster’s 2.20 were drawn in a double figure stall
Three of the last five winners of the Park Hill Stakes had won the Lillie Langtry at Glorious Goodwood – Wild Coco fits the bill
Seven of the last ten winners of the Park Hill had all been beaten on their most recent start