Saturday 6 June 2009

6:40 Newcastle (6th June)

For a restricted auction maiden this is quite a competitive race.

Toga Tiger has run well on each start and has been unlucky not to have won, always finding one or two decent juveniles along the way. He will run a big race.

Danzoe ran well on debut at Yarmouth and even better at Leicester when stepping up to 6f. It is good to see Dovovan (trainer) with a nice two-year-old and this attractive colt will, like Channon's, be bidding for glory.

Of the others I like Bradford, trained by Karl Burke. This colt by Pyrus has a lot of scope and ran on very well at Ayr after being slow away and then outpaced through inexperience. The way he finished it would be no surprise to see a different horse today.

This is a strong race for an auction even and each of these three juveniles has an opportunity to gain their first win.


Race review: 'Difficult to know what to make of this race at this time. Danzoe and Toga Tiger ran very poor races and perhaps they struggled with this slightly softer ground, although the times wasn't terribly slow. They certainly have something to prove after this. Refuse To Wait was a short price on her last start in heavy ground at Haydock. To be fair she travelled well until tiring in the final furlong and showed her ability today. Bradford is a sleepy character who takes an age to get going. He clearly is a slow learner but has an element of ability. Burke's runner will improve with racing. The third, Opus Dei, ran well for the McCabe stable. The first three were a long way clear.'