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Brocklesby review - Division II

Doncaster 4.45 Sat Apr 1
Brocklesby Stakes, Div II, Class 4
5f
1m1.31s (slow by 3.41s on RP standards)
Good to Soft.

Requinto Dawn, Apr 19 foal. Started well, parked behind the leaders until halfway. Angled into the clear as leaders faded and kicked away for an impressive win. Ran fastest sectionals for each of the last three furlongs. Should be more to come.

The Love Doctor, Mar 11. From the final crop of the now-deceased Elnadim. A little wayward getting bumped around in the pack and never really settled. Being pushed along from the 3f, much earlier than third and fourth but stuck on well to claim second near the line. Backed from 15/2 into 9/2, stable obviously think plenty of him. Will be better if able to settle.

Black Orange Apr 21. Unwanted at the sales, already with cheekpieces and a 7lb claimer. Jumped well, sat up on the pace and fought on well at the finish. Winner looks smart and was only just edged out of second near the line. Can't see him going to Royal Ascot, but there will be a race or two for him somewhere.

Hellovaqueen, Apr 6. Filly by same sire as Mrs Danvers and Mister Trader (won first Irish 2yo race of last season), so hopes were up for a speedy debut. From a Somerset yard which has won this race three times in past ten years. Jumped well, sat up on the pace and weakened late. Showed talent.

Cruel Clever Cat Mar 12. 25/1 shot from small yard in decent form. Jumped OK, squeezed early and lost stride. Didn't appear to relish sitting behind the pace and wobbled around a bit to find room. Lost momentum again when leader edged left, has no confidence yet racing in a pack. Never shirked the task, couple of cracks with the whip for education and worked home OK. Not beaten far, worth keeping an eye on. Trainer won a few races with her half-sister, watch for her as she learns more about racing.

Jurisprudance Jan 10. Clearly the oldest in the field, and had the benefit of race experience last week at Saint Cloud, running third in a field of 17. Flew the gates from barrier 2, set the pace but came under pressure 2.5f out. Ridden out with hands & heels the whole way, not over-taxed once out of contention.

Quick Skips Lad, Apr 4 - missed start, slow to begin, soon last. Ran fastest sectional from 4f-3f. Gelded already, not a good sign. Trainer has 2% record with 2yos on turf over past five years. Kept on OK, decent run for a 66/1 shot.

Captain Kissinger May 29. Trainer sent two runners to France last week for the first 2yo race of the season, fair to assume this colt isn't top of the stable's juveniles. Slow to begin, but just wanted to go flat out once up and running. Started losing touch 3f out and went steadily backwards from there.

Bee Machine Feb 10, 50k yearling. Jumped well, jockey tried to restrain him to get some cover but just wanted clear air. So instead of sitting behind The Love Doctor, he tried to go around him and got left behind. Beaten a long way.

One Last Hug, Mar 14 - slow to begin, always out the back, never improved. Yard hasn't had a 2yo winner for at least five years, and his other one was tailed off in the first division. Puzzled why anyone would give a 2yo to a stable with such stats.

Move To The Front Feb 10. Woeful performance. Jumped well, then completely allergic to racing with other horses. Resented being near any other runner, horrible ride for Adam Kirby. Must have done something on the gallops to start 7/2, couldn't just be for the trainer & jockey combination. Gelding operation might be significantly sooner than originally planned.

KEY POINTS

Can follow a few out of this - Requinto Dawn will go to better races, The Love Doctor won't be far behind, while Black Orange, Cruel Clever Cat and Quick Skips Lad can win at the right level if placed well.

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