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Gone gave a great try from the front at Bath as I was expecting, but I think the early exertions to cement the lead definitely cost her as she was flagging close home and that resulted in her losing by half a length. There was at least four or five trying to get the lead but Joe Fanning stuck to his guns and used up a fair bit of petrol to get the lead.
Doncaster 3:00 – See The Fire 6/1 (0.5pt EW SkyBet 4pl)
It's always a risk going for 2yo's in Group races, but I liked what I saw from See The Fire on debut at Newmarket and I think today's conditions will suit.
She is an extremely well-bred filly, being out Sea The Stars and by Arabian Queen, who was a winner at the highest level (Group 1). The Mare has produced many good horses with Arabian Storm being the one with the black-type, but Spirit Mixer being the highest rated. I thought See The Fire was very impressive on debut, she looked professional, which is always a tough ask on debut for such a young horse. She won with more in hand than the winning margin suggests, as David Probert just nudged her out in the final half furlong to ensure she didn't get complacent. The runner-up went on to win on her next start, which obviously franked the form, and I think today's softer ground might play into her hands a bit more than the good ground she faced on debut. On pedigree, it would suggest that fast ground would be more her game, but her action looks like a horse who would be better on slightly softer ground, so the soft conditions at Doncaster (will probably dry to good to soft come racing) could bring out a fair bit of improvement.
Andrew Balding has been quoted saying that he believes she could be a very high-class filly, and with the pedigree and the way she introduced herself on the scene, he could be correct. This is obviously a big step up in grade to Class 1 level on just her second run, so inexperience might catch her out, but I don't think any horse in this race has shown an unstoppable level of form, and I think she offers great value.
Doncaster 3:35 – Golden Lyra 5/1 (1pt EW WHill 4pl)
Even though Tom Marquand is the retained rider for the William Haggas yard, I think if he wanted to ride Sumo Sam, he would've, but instead, he's gone for Golden Lyra and I think she has a great chance.
This is a step up in trip for Golden Lyra, but based on her previous efforts over shorter I think this is what she needs at this moment in her career. She has done her best running in France, so you might be sceptical with her back on British soil, but I wouldn't read too much into it. The form of her last run at Deauville in a Group 2 over 12.5f has turned into a great race. The winner has since finished 2nd in a Group 1 behind Warm Heart, trained by Aidan O'Brien, and Golden Lyra was only 1.5L behind the winner that day when doing her best running late in the race, suggesting that she needed further, and today she gets that test.
Being by Lope De Vega it's hardly rocket science to see that she performs best on testing ground, so hopefully, the ground doesn't dry out too much.
Doncaster - 3:00 pm
6/1 @ The Pools
Doncaster - 3:35 pm