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Saturday, 23 April 2011

6:00 Nottingham (23rd April)

A maiden over 5f 13y for colts and fillies.

The humorously named Jimmy The Lollipop made his debut at Doncaster's Brocklesby, finishing 5th. This bay colt by Amadeus Wolf is quite a big horse. He was ridden as though fit on debut, showing good pace until tiring in the final furlong. The Brocklesby form usually holds up although it doesn't look a vintage year. However, Kevin Ryan's representative has experience and sets the form standard. If there is improvement to come, then this bay colt may take some stopping. If that was his running, he has a fighting chance but may be vulnerable to a talented debutant.

Another to have raced in the Brocklesby is Outlaw Torn. Alan McCabe has trained a two-year-old winner this season and there will be more to come. This colt cost £57,000 as a yearling, which catches the eye. By Iffraaj he should be a precocious type although he may have breeding for further. He seemed to hang when running at Doncaster, which isn't ideal. At the line, Outlaw Torn was beaten a long way by Jimmy The Lollipop and although this two-year-old is probably capable of much better it will be a watching brief today.

David Evans is represented by Ortea, Aljosan & Royal Purse. Cathy Gannon was originally booked to ride all so you have to consider she had the choice. Ortea would have needed to disappointed on debut to make appeal today as the the Newcastle race looks moderate. It is worth noting if Evans has any late withdrawals or substantial money for the second and third string.

The most interesting horse in this race may be Red Socks. Trained by Gay Kelleway, this son of Red Clubs, half-brother to Drawnfromthepast,  was a recent breeze-up purchase costing £26,000. Kelleway's juveniles can be rather hit and miss on debut, which tempers enthusiasm. However, it is encouraging to note that Red Socks has been entered to run in two stakes races, which is a positive. Darryll Holland was originally booked to ride but now pilots one elsewhere (5:50 Sandown:  Huygens). The intention of Holland riding is interesting as he has a very good strike rate with Kelleway's juveniles. Being a breeze-up buy, he is likely to be fit and ready. A difficult horse to assess, but one that could go well at a price.

HCE: ''Ortea must have disappointed on debut because this was a marked improvement from his race at Newcastle. There was good money today, which is never a bad sign with Evans, and he always travelled well. I was surprised how attractive this colt looked. This may have been a weak race but there was a lot to like about Ortea.'' 

PS:''Evans, talking on RUK, said that he was disappointed by Ortea on debut.''