THE Bank holiday weekend got off to a cracking start at Doncaster, with a great evening of racing on Saturday.
The drier weather we have enjoyed over the last few days meant that there was an improvement in conditions, with the ground predominantly good to soft in places - much better than the heavy ground riders were faced with the weekend prior.
A few showers during the day didn’t alter the going and most horses got through the conditions well, with racing going pretty much according to the odds. Favourites appeared in the top three in four of the six line ups, with the only real surprise of the day coming in the second race (6:25pm) clinched by 16/1 Yes Two.
We’ve held up pretty well at Town Moor, but courses around the country have been faced with the challenge of dealing with unusually heavy rain, the wet weather playing havoc in certain corners of the country. 2,000 Guineas Stakes (204th running) (British Champions Series) (Group 1) 3yo, 1m. Most courses that have survived the recent downpours are racing on soft and heavy ground, unusual for this time of year.
At Newmarket on Saturday the first of the Classics was run, the 2000 Guineas.
Being one of the five Classics, the 2000 Guineas featured some of the finest thoroughbred colts in Europe, and the course thankfully held up well for the occasion, with dry conditions on the day and the going good to soft.
It was a thrilling race, and why wouldn’t it be, with a prize fund of more than £200,000 up for the taking. It was a fantastic result too, with Camelot, who won Doncaster’s Racing Post Trophy last year, again impressive in taking the Qipco 2000 Guineas by a neck.
Camelot was ridden by trainer’s son Joseph O’Brien who, at only 18 years old, has a cool, wise head and showed it in holding up his mount before taking up the running inside the final furlong to guide the 15/8 favourite to victory. It would be fantastic for Doncaster if this impressive 3-year old son of Montjeu could secure the Investec Derby and then head back to Town Moor for the St Leger in September.
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