Cox has 20% win record with Donny 2yos
See The Fire can take the hike in class
Two Doncaster picks at 2/12.94 and 5/15.80 for Thursday
We'll start the Leger meeting with a pick on the 14:25, as often these sales races are big on numbers but short of quality and plenty can be readily scrubbed off.
Dragon Leader looks Group-class potential but is sticking down this route and why not? As the money on offer for these juvenile races are decent prizes. Indeed his trainer Clive Cox hinted after York that he will think about Group company, but his medium value gets him into these sorts of races.
York was excellent to maintain his unbeaten record and he absolutely trounced the field there by nearly 5L, and clearly he had come on a ton from his Salisbury novice win.
Making all at York with two very fast opening sectionals at 10.80 and 10.78 can hopefully translate to a stiffer track and the extended 6f, but his final half of the race was very efficient on the clock too with a finishing speed at 100%.
Johannes Brahms is rated 106 in a rather mixed bag of a field, and while there are a couple of question marks about soft ground (as he has only raced on good or good to firm), this doesn't look a strong race and I'd happily take him at around the 5/23.50 or 2/12.94 mark.
Cox has a 20% win and 30% placed record at Doncaster with his 2yos.
A 2yo by Sea The Stars will always have me interested, and See The Fire jumps up in class for the Group 2 May Hill and gets the nomination at 5/15.80 - a big price considering Darnation is 6/42.46 but with the added experience.
Any amount of improvement can happen with fillies at this time of year, and we often see at at Listed level with a big jump in form - but she was pretty impressive on her debut at Newmarket.
She looked very clued up in breaking out of the stalls at HQ and was fairly relaxed as she raced more over to the far side.
There was a moment where she slightly ducked to her left, but it was a blustery day, and that experience will stand her in good stead. She was pushed out under a hand ride and won comfortably - finishing off very strongly.
Her injection of pace in the latter part of the race on sectional times was the most impressive, and it will be interesting to see how she handles the softer going on Thursday. I have no problems at all with the extra mile as a daughter of Sea The Stars and she does hold a Rockfel entry too later in the season.
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