CRAIG'S RECENT TRACKER WINNERS: NIGHT COLOURS 7/1, PLYMOUTH ROCK 11/4, POCKET SQUARE 9/4, PANIC ROOM 5/2, BAND PRACTICE 11/4, CAPE PALACE 4/11, PALACE PIER 11/8, IT'S GOOD TO LAUGH 8/13, ROMAN VISION 5/4, HURAIZ 2/1, ROYAL CRUSADE 5/6, VALKAN STAR 1/3, FESTIVE START 7/2, IMPRESSOR 13/8, SURF DANCER 4/7, MASTER MCGRATH 13/8, ESHAASY 13/8, PERSUASION 16/1, PASSION FOR FASHION 3/1, ANGEL OF DELIGHT 12/1, LAZULI 11/10, TAMMANI 9/2, COBRA EYE 15/8, MORISCO 6/1, ETHIC 4/6, ABSTEMIOUS 11/8, BOOMER 3/1, SEIZE THE TIME 2/1, TREBLE TREBLE 9/2, NASAIYM 6/4, DARK LADY 11/10, FLEETING PRINCE 11/10, WELL OF WISDOM 3/1, DR SIMPSOM 4/5, HOT TOUCH 7/2, MAN OF THE NIGHT 4/6, SO SHARP 11/10, IFFRAAZ 7/4, BILL NEIGH 13/8, DRAMATIC SANDS 6/4, DRAGON COMMAND 5/1, MIA DIVA 8/1, RAAHY 5/6, LINCOLN BLUE 7/2, HOMESPIN 6/4, FRED 10/1, PINATUBO 3/1, KING'S COMMAND 2/1, ETON COLLEGE 11/2, SHAMMAH 2/1, BIG CITY 5/1, THREAT 14/1, GOOD VIBES 11/1, MISTY GREY 14/1, ROSE OF KILDARE 6/5, RAYONG 7/2, LORD OF THE LODGE 8/1, WAR STORM 7/2, IFFRAAZ 4/1, OCASIO CORTEZ 7/4...

Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Are You Ready for the Brocklesby Stakes 2019?

After waiting for what seems forever, it’s almost here, the first big race of the 2019 Flat season, the Unibet Brocklesby Stakes. 

When the first two-year-old horses start, it's going to be an exciting year. 

What we have to remember with a two-year-old horse it's like their first day at school. For some, it’s a daunting prospect and they won’t be seen to better effect until the second or even third start once they settle down. However, for some, who are fit and ready to run their race first time out, it’s a start to bigger and better things down the line. 

The ground at Doncaster is normally on the soft side at this time of the year so looking for a horse with some stamina in the pedigree that likes the soft going could be a wise move.

Looking through the stats, the last four years winners have all been priced 4/1 and under. 

2018: IZZER - trained by Mick Channon, was very well backed to start at 4/1 and won nicely from stall 7 and ended up 83 rated.

2017: SANTRY  - trained by D Carroll also priced to run a good race at 4/1 held on from stall 2 before breaking a leg on the gallops and sadly being put down. 

Undoubtedly one of the biggest stars to come out the Brocklesby is a horse named Donovan, trained by George Dawson who raced back 1888. This bay colt was a sensation of his time winning 18 of his 21 starts. He went on to win the Derby, St Leger, narrowly missing out on the English Triple Crown when an unlucky loser in the 2000 Guineas.  In one year he amassed earnings of £55,443. In today's money, that would be over £1M. 

Another exceptional horse, The Last Lion (pictured) trained by Mark Johnston ended up 4/5 favourite on debut when drawn in stall 3. He won impressively before reaching the heights of a 116 rating and becoming one of the most successful juveniles of his generation in Britain. He was retired and sold to become a stallion. 

THE LAST LION was born in Ireland on 12 February 2014, sired by Choisir. His total prize earning were £225,663. He achieved wins at Group class. 

Not up to the standards of The Last Lion, 

2015: RAVENHOE - trained by Mark Johnston was also a short-priced winner at 7/2. Drawn low, again, in stall 2, couldn’t seem to do no wrong with his two-year-olds in the 2015 and 2016 seasons having plenty of success. 

Also, only two horses have won over 10/1 in the last 10 years.

2009: HEARTS OF FIRE - who was 12/1. Another very classy horse trained by Pat Eddery, who won at Group 1 in France.

2014: COCK OF THE NORTH - won at 14/1 for Scott Dixon. 

Last statistics to throw at you is that colts seem to have a big advantage over the fillies with only one filly winning:

2008: SALLY'S DILEMMA  so the stats point to a fancied runner from a low draw and a colt. 

(I will write another post when the declarations come out.)

Good luck everyone, I hope this helps to solve a field full of unraced horses.

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