Monday brought us four cards, all on the flat, with a couple of decent 2YO events and the usual early week handicaps. Pontefract and Wolverhampton (AW) began the day and in the evening Windsor and Musselburgh held their cards.
6 40 MONTICELLO (M Johnston) 5/6, C4 2YO Novices, 7F, Soft
Although at odds on he was expected to win, MONTICELLO made very light work of the field to win by a resounding 5L. Despite there only being four opponents, and all with very moderate previous runs, MONTICELLO beat what was put to him and certainly had more than what he showed over the 7F. Johnstons’ 2YOs started the campaign with a bang but have been quieter recently and he must be pleased another couple of useful juveniles are now coming to the fore.
2 35 LOVE DREAMS (M Johnston) 8/11, C2 2YO Stakes, 6F, Good to Firm
When it rains it pours and another 2YO runner for the Middleham team brought with it another easy 2YO winner, again by 5L. It was another race with a small field but to the eye this race seemed to have much stronger form coming into it, and was two classes above. Therefore, LOVE DREAMS performance can be deemed more impressive and arguably there was even more left in the tank going into the final furlong.