ENJOY GROUP 1 ACTION AT DONNY
Cheltenham returned yesterday and is on again this afternoon. Fantastic to see the better jumping types return to the racecourse. At this time of the year it is difficult to know how fit and ready those jumpers are returning off a break. We stick with the flat racing and instead of the usual handicap we dine at the top table in Group 1 company today. The Futurity Stakes tests the best 2yo's over a mile on soft ground. Do they have the stamina for this trip at their age or have they been crying out for longer trips?
I’ve been a fan of Bayside Bay since watching him power home on debut to win cosily at Newbury over 7 furlongs. He has improved over this recent three runs going up grades from Listed to Group 2 to Group 2 level. He lowered the colours of the Queens star 2yo Reach For The Moon in the Champagne stakes here last Month. I have no doubt this son of New Bay is crying out for a mile and the extra furlong on soft ground will give him the stamina test his pedigree and running style suggests will suit well.
David Egan was a little stuck behind horses in the Dewhurst Stakes and while he would not have beaten Native Trail, I do feel he could have grabbed second place. The “fly in the ointment” is the Aidan O’Brien trained Luxembourg. He is a giant of a horse for a 2yo and showed a telling turn of foot to come from off the pace to win easily at the Curragh in a Grade 2. This is a good test for Luxembourg who must handle flying over from Ireland and new surroundings at Doncaster.
Doncaster - 3:15
1 Point Each Way Bayside Bay 4/1 generally, use BOG bookies.
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