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Windsor Mon Apr 24 2yo race review

Windsor 1645 Mon Apr 24
Novice Auction Stakes
5f21yds, Class 5, 59.48s
(slow by 0.98s)
Good to Firm

Yogi's Girl. Green and eased down on debut at Wolverhampton 16 days earlier, had support. Jumped well, crossed to the rail to take the lead. Challenged and whip drawn at the 2f, fought on strongly.

Mother of Dragons. Apr 26, €3k yearling. Top connections considering the sale price. Away well, camped just outside leader. Challenged at halfway and fought on well, experience of winner probably making the difference.

Aquadabra. Third on debut 16 days earlier at Wolverhampton in low rating race, but made nice ground late. Settled on rail behind Yogi's Girl, eased off fence inside 2f to make his run. Ran on OK but not strongly enough to get past the front two.

Daddies Girl. Third on debut here a fortnight earlier (stuck on nicely, whip used just once). Away well, settled just behind the pace, squeezed between Aquadabra and Gold Filigree. Didn't see a lot of room in the straight but at the same time, seemed flat-footed and unable to accelerate.

Gold Filigree. Mar 15, €40k yearling. Dam won as 2yo on heavy track but only success from seven starts. Did run in decent class races after that though. Broke well, settled handy but without much room and raced a little greenly. Pulled wide into middle of track with nice bit of pace in middle stages but couldn't sustain it to the finish. Worth following.

Jungle Queen. Jan 23. €16k yearling. Dam peaked at OR69, raced over 6-7f. Sire better known for dirt winners. Away well, settled just off the pace without cover. A little green. Under pressure at 2f and kept on OK without being punished.

Cruel Clever Cat. Fifth in the better edition of the Brocklesby on debut, (Not beaten far, worth keeping an eye on.) Broke well, eased to settled two back along the rail. One-paced, unable to keep up with leaders when they went for home, but kept on at similar pace.

Amazing Alice. Feb 27. 20k gns yearling. Half-brother to Union Rose who ran second to Hootenanny at Royal Ascot. A little slow to begin, urged along to settled midfield. Outpaced at the bend, under riding over 2f out, no impression.

Firenze Rosa. Apr 7, £4k yearling second time around at sales. Sister to a couple of winners. Trainer has dire 2-81 record with 2yos in past five seasons. Settled widest of all just off the pace, not a big deal with only a slight bend. Stoked up 2f out, nothing left at 1f, weakened.

Amiirah. Mar 10, 7k gns yearling. Half-sister to Southwell specialist Play Nicely. Slow to begin, settled toward the rear. Under pressure at halfway and weakened at 1f after making no impression.

Madam Pomfrey. Feb 11, 5k gns yearling. Dam has had three winners from four foals, and is a half-sister to G1 winner Kyllachy. Missed start by 3-4 lengths. Raced greenly when closely behind other horses. Weakened quickly at 2f, finished a long way back.

Paulamey. Apr 18, £3k yearling. Broke well, outpaced early and struggled to keep up. Weakened upon straightening and beaten out of sight.

Sandkissed. Apr 14, €14k yearling. Played up at gates, withdrawn.

KEY POINTS
Front three came away nicely but figures not that strong. Most impressed by the debutant Mother of Dragons, rare that such a wealthy set of connections go for such a bargain buy, quite intriguing.

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