Monday was definitely one of the quieter days of the flat season so far, and with no Windsor for the first time there was no real focus for punters to focus on. Brighton and Carlisle hosted racing through the afternoon with a couple of decent races spread around, before Kempton and Thirsk attempted to fill the void left by Windsor and ATR’s coverage.
2 00 MYSTIC DAWN (D Simcock) 7/2, C5 2YO Fillies Maiden, 6F, Good (Good to Firm In Places)
David Simcock doesn’t send many 2YOs out, but when he does they usually run well and Mystic Dawn was no exception. The punters cottoned onto this trend and there was significant support late on, as Mystic Dawn was cut from around 7/1 into 7/2 just before the off. Pat Cosgrave held her up through the race and it wasn’t until the last quarter of the race she really got going. But she responded very nicely and drove well clear of her rivals, winning close to 3L. It was only the strong finishing Luca Cumani juvenile that prevented it from becoming a rout. She was very professional, especially considering it was her first outing at a racecourse, and she looked a league above – even just from the way she went to post. Time will tell, but she looks to be at the very least a nice handicapper for the Simcock yard for a summer or two to come.