JBR – March 25th

James Boyle
March 25, 2018

A disappointing opening day of the flat season but there'll be many more like it throughout the year, so no harm to experience the first one early doors! None of the selections ran well, although Danzeno had no chance after walking out of the stalls and Sir Roderic was given a much more prominent ride than is usually the case, which I don't understand. He can improve and remains of interest. Grey Britain got nowhere near the lead before ending up in reverse. I have no idea why he was so poor. Anyway, swiftly moving on...

Right Touch is taken to land the opener (2.25) at Doncaster today. The now 8-year-old is obviously exposed but has fallen down to a mark of 85 and drops into Class 4 level for the first time in nearly four years. His form hasn't exactly nosedived either and just three runs ago he was only beaten a half-length off 87 around Lingfield. A similar effort could be enough to win this and despite the sizable field, it's a mediocre affair. Ground conditions won't be a problem, nor will the track, and I think he'll be going close barring issue.

In the six-furlong handicap (3.35) it's hard to know how Giant Spark will run given the disappointment he proved to be last term, but he's starting out off almost a stone lower than when returning in 2017 and is worth a flyer at the prices. The son of Orientor paid for winning four times a couple of seasons ago but time and time again these sprinters find their level again and this is one that will be on my radar for a little while. Whether this will be the day remains to be seen (could do anything in truth) but I'm happy to play in hope.

Selections from Doncaster:

2.25 - Right Touch - 1.50pts @ 6/1 (General)
3.35 - Giant Spark - 1pt @ 16/1 (General)