‘Steps’ will be taken to redress my balance in the twenty-runner nursery over an extended six furlongs of ‘good to firm’ Doncaster today when there are several two-year-old betting opportunities. Martin Dwyer rode moderately on Royal Steps at Wolverhampton last week, should have landed my nap; James Tate’s charge was ‘boxed in’ and that’s a rare feat, given only three horses were involved. Realistically, Dwyer fell for the three-card-trick!’ Three hundred yards out Royal Steps tracked Richard Hughes’ mount, Woodlandsway with Give Way Nelson and Kieren Fallon alongside. At this point, Royal Steps must surely be switched outside, she was easily best in-running.
Dwyer decided to go between the ‘big two’ but as Woodlandsway finally got to the front Fallon decided NOT to ‘Give Way’ and thwarted the challenge of Royal Steps, no way could she get a clear run and Dwyer was pulling her up with nowhere to go in the last half furlong, finishing third! It was laughable but no joke to backers. Town Moor is straight, Royal Steps is a ‘winner without a penalty’ and must be backed each-way, with four places on offer. It stands to reason, this really should represent a solid betting proposition.
Twenty-two go to post for the £300,000 Weatherbys 2-y-o Stakes, an opportunity for ‘Gold!’ The Goldcheongsam and Frankie Dettori have teamed up successfully, winning twice on the bounce. If able to replicate her latest success, under top-weight in a fiercely-competitive Newmarket nursery, this Red Clubs filly will make it a procession and a massive pay day, for Franny Norton! Frankie can’t ‘do’ 8st 1lb! There are three other flat meetings scheduled, Wolverhampton, Epsom and Chepstow where Heading North should be a ‘penalty kick’ for the fifteen-runner Maiden Stakes over seven furlongs; find one to beat Richard Hannon’s charge and you’ll have a good-priced winner!
RACE 1 (#10) ROYAL STEPS (nap e.w.)
RACE 4 (#8) HEADING NORTH
RACE 5 (#22) THE GOLD CHEONGSAM