Hearts Of Fire - Brocklesby Winner

2.10 Doncaster

So the first two-year-old race of the season, the Brocklesby, has come and gone. As usual, it was a difficult race to assess with no form and only general trainer statistics and trends to pinpoint a few juveniles of interest. I won't waffle on about the merits of too many individuals as time is needed to review the race and form lines to emerge from the melee.

I was a pleasantly surprised to see Pat Eddery train the winner as over the last few seasons he has achieved 0% win rate from 24 runners on debut. The tide always turns at some point, and he certainly achieved a notable result in bagging the Brocklesby to inaugurate his season. In truth, the Pat Eddery Racing syndicate has only attained limited success with winners such as Cavort and Replicator coming to mind. Hearts Of Fire has the potential to be the best juvenile he has trained and there is already talk of Royal Ascot. Clearly connections fancied their chances as the colt had been for a prep race at an all-weather course. It was backed and received a few good words from paddock watchers. The Brocklesby winner often fails to attain greater success but it would be fitting to see Eddery achieve a fraction of the success as a trainer as he did as a jockey.
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4.10 Kempton:
Star Rover, trained by David Evans, ran out an easy winner of the 5f maiden at the odd of 12/1. It is interesting that this Camacho colt out of a mare by Pips Pride was also entered to run in the Brocklesby Stakes. This may have been a pointer to its chances. Interestingly, a third juvenile, Jack My Boy, was also entered for the Brocklesby and is yet unraced. I would imagine all three have been working together and time will tell whether each can attain a win.
The race didn't look the most competitive of affairs although you can never be sure until the form has time to settle. Star Rover certainly looks a precocious type. Evans always has one or two decent juveniles and he wasted no time unwrapping this early-season winner.

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