Saturday, 21 April 2018

2YO Early Season Winners

Jackstar, trained by Tom Dascombe
The Flat racing season has started in earnest. So what are we to make of the two-year-old winners seen so far this season 2018? 

Sixteen races:

Mick Channon's Izzer won the Brocklesby Conditions Stakes and then won under a penalty at Bath, making almost £20,000 in prize money. Looks a determine juvenile although prone to others if those penalties act like a millstone round his neck. Channon always found a winner in Jungle Inthebungle. He was found out second start, running on, as if six furlongs would suit. 

A couple of Brocklesby Conditions Stakes runners - behind Izzer - have come out since and won boosting the form. 

David Evans' Lihou battle well to win at Kempton. Bill Tuner's Arthur's Spirit disappointed on debut and showed ability when runner-up to Mr Buttons as Southwell. Arthur's Spirit led all the way at Kempton with the likes of Bungle Inthejungle outpaced.

Star Performers seen so far.

Charlie Fellows doesn't have too many juvenile and rarely two-year-olds out so early in the season. Snazzy had trouble in running but finished with plenty of appeal at Newcastle. This Class 2 race had very good prize money suggesting it was decent. 

Mark Johnston has sent out a few two-year-olds with his classic easy winner or poor loser routine. One horse who was very well backed at Windsor is Blown By Wind. A good-looking colt, he took his time to get going but flew clear of the filed to win by a number of lengths. I get the feeling the placed horses were expecting to win so that speaks well for the victor who will not have any problems stepping up to 6f. Looks the type to keep in mind. 

Charlie Appleby, for Godolphin, was a real force last season and String Of Life won nicely at Newmarket. The stable said this Irish-bred daughter of Slade Power would improve a lot for this debut and earmarked for Royal Ascot. 

Tom Dascombe has a couple of smart types in Jackstar who won nicely at Newmarket and Light My Fire. The former was clearly expected by the stable and the owner, Mrs Caroline Ingram was almost bursting at the seams with pride and future ambition.