Nothing of note happened for us at Doncaster on Sunday. Right Touch ran well as expected to grab a place but couldn't close it out quickly enough to threaten the victor. There's a win coming his way in the not too distant future and he won't be fazed by a drop back in trip whilst the weather is bad. Giant Spark was the other selection and ran a nothing race, although the market was hardly enthusiastic about his chances of coming back to form. He'll get into a 0-80 next time and remains of interest when similarly priced.
The Apprentice Handicap (1.30) can go the way of Silent Echo, an unexposed son of Oasis Dream who cost his current connections 120,000gns after ending his three-year-old campaign with two wins and a rating of 91. On debut for Peter Hedger, he was unlucky not to get a proper run through when sixth behind Eljaddaaf and given that it was his first outing for nearly five months, we should see an even sharper version this time around. I'm certain there's more to emerge from the locker and he has a very good rider on board too.
Mountain Bell could prove hard to beat in the Marathon Final (2.00). Ralph Beckett's mare already has some solid efforts in the book, including a Listed win and Group 3 second, but based on her running style further improvement as a stayer is definitely possible. She ran an odd race when faced with this trip for the first time at Newcastle in December (didn't travel for large parts) but ultimately scored with something in hand. If she can stay in her comfort zone for longer, I think she's the one to beat and expect a big performance.
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