For a Monday, there was some good action around the country, with Ayr, Ripon and Windsor all drawing in significant crowds and some nice races. The 2YO races and subsequent ratings are really starting to take shape now with the introduction of the nursery handicaps, making it more important for yards to begin racing those 2YOs they have been holding onto. There was jumping at Worcester and a strong flat card at Rosscommon in Ireland where Joseph O’Brien continued his impressive start to life as a full time trainer.
1 45 TOWN CHARTER (M Johnston) EVS, C5 2YO Maiden, 6F, Soft (Good to Soft in Places)
I doubt anyone will be happier than Mark Johnston that the nursery handicaps are upon us, with the abundance of strong 2YOs he has at his disposable. Another one emerged at Ayr on Monday with an assured performance, making all and winning readily. Joe Fanning certainly had more underneath him, but it was far from needed. Johnston will be hoping some of this form can transfer over to his better horses, as all the others in the yard lower down the weights seem to be winning over and over.
6 35 KODILINE (C Cox) 13/8, C5 2YO Maiden, 6F, Good to Firm
Windsor finally enjoyed some okay weather at one of it’s Monday meetings and the ground surface was on the quicker side of good for the first time in what seems years. The 2YO races are really in full swing now and Clive Cox will be pleased that KODILINE built on his second on debut to win at Windsor for Godolphin. He managed to make all despite the wide draw in a large field and stayed on very nicely, suggesting there is definitely some potential to unlock and that a step up in trip looks the likely route.