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Musselburgh Sat Apr 15 2yo Conditions Stakes race review

Musselburgh 4.05
EBF Stallions Conditions Stakes
5f, Class 3, 1:1.40s
(slow by 3.40s)
Good to Firm

Excellently Poised - Jan 28 foal, by speedy Australian sire out of a mare who won twice at two and an open age Listed race at three (all at 5f). Vendor buyback at £48k. Part-owned by Sir Alex Ferguson. Highest winning unadjusted RPR of season so far. Settled back in the field, travelled up nicely before fully pushed out at 1.5f. Nice win but required several cracks of the whip, not a lot left on the line.

Requinto Dawn - raced with a penalty after winning one of the Brocklesby divisions. Posted the highest 2yo RPR of the season so far, 85, improving from 81 at Doncaster. Began well, landed on the pace. Challenged inside 2f, couldn't go with the winner but kept on well without being fully driven out.

Rockin Fella - five-day backup from Redcar. Jumped straight to the front, under pressure at 2f. Kept on at similar pace while leaders ran away, held off the rest of the field.

Washeek - Apr 25 foal, £85k yearling, the tenth to race from a mare who has thrown seven individual winners so far, including three with RPRs greater than 100. Jumped well, sat on the rail directly behind the leader. Held up briefly inside 2f as front two went past the leader, just plugged on when clear.

I Am Dandy - Mar 23 foal, half-brother to 2yo debut winner Ready to Roc. €23k foal but stagnated, only raising £20k at yearling sale. Rare Flat runner for James Ewart. Broke well, sat worse than midfield, never got closer.

Revenge - Feb 12, £9k yearling. Dam won on debut as 2yo then regressed for rest of her 15-start career. Slow to begin, settled last, never improved.

Albarino - Mar 17, £22k yearling. Half-siblings See The Sun and Copacobana won at 2yo, other two half-siblings couldn't beat a rocking horse. Jumped OK out in centre of track, edged forward until challenged at the 2f, found nothing and dropped right out.

KEY POINTS
Impressive debut from the winner but was driven right out. Requinto Dawn improved in rating despite the loss. Washeek is from the Johnston stable, and was the youngest horse in the race. Will learn plenty from that.

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