The rain, more or less, decided to pass for the first time in a while but that did not stop the courses still feeling the effects; with the majority setting off around the soft mark. Doncaster and Sandown, with the beginning of it’s Eclipse Festival, held afternoon racing, whilst Haydock and Beverley drew in the Friday evening crowds. There was a good standrad of racing throughout the day, preparing us for the weekend ahead.
2 30 MARMELO (H Morrison) 4/1, Class 5 Maiden, IM4F, Soft
MARMELO lit up Doncaster with a ten-length destruction of the field, after he travelled a dream and blazed clear before the 1 Furlong pole. The race was clearly not the strongest of maidens but it certainly creates an interesting form line, giving a massive boost to the John Gosden trained MUNTAHAA, who ran well at Royal Ascot. MARMELO obviously likes some cut in the ground and could gallop for miles if given the chance. A 3YO to watch out for going forwards.
2 50 THE LAST LION (M Johnston) 10/11, Listed (2YO), 5F, Soft
Mark Johnston has appeared in this section time and time again in the past week, especially with his 2YO’s, and THE LAST LION was again impressive in a good race. He has really now proven himself to be a really consistent high-class 2YO. The soft-ground was once again appreciated and ultimately he never looked like losing. He holds some impressive entries for the remainder of the year, including the Nunthorpe and the top 2YO races towards the end of the campaign.