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Johnston horse can carry off the Racing Post Trophy
SOMEWHAT can become someone at Doncaster today as he bids to fly the North Yorkshire flag at full mast in the final Group 1 race of the 2013 Flat season.
Trained at Middleham by Mark Johnston, the tough as teak juvenile is taken to beat off strong challenges from England and Ireland to take the Racing Post Trophy and become the first North Yorkshire winner of this prestigious race since Kevin Ryan’s Palace Episode landed a 20-1 shock in 2005.
Somewhat, narrowly beaten in the Group 2 Royal Lodge Stakes at Newmarket on quick ground last month, had previously won in Listed company at Newbury, which was his second success of the campaign.
With five races under his belt, Somewhat is the most experienced runner in this afternoon’s line up.
He has proven himself a resolute battler, which will stand him in good stead here, and his rounded galloping action suggests he will relish the rain-softened ground on Town Moor.
The opposition to him is pretty fierce, with Godolphin’s unbeaten Pinzolo, three runners from the Aidan O’Brien powerhouse, seemingly spearheaded by debut winner Century, and triple-winner Chief Barker from the Richard Hannon stable all featuring strongly.
The aforementioned Ryan will also be represented by The Grey Gatsby, a York winner this season, who is another who may revel in the conditions.
The nap vote, though, goes to Somewhat to crown yet another magnificent season for Mark Johnston and his number one jockey Joe Fanning by bagging this £200,000 event.
The Doncaster card is a classy one. Aeolus, who ran out an impressive winner of a York nursery earlier this month, steps up in class in the opening Scott Dobson Memorial Conditions Stakes.
This Listed event is hardly there for the taking, but Ed McMahon’s youngster, previously a seven lengths winner at Chester, is improving sharply and is fancied to be up to the task.
The Bet Through The Racing Post Mobile App Handicap over five furlongs looks a real head-scratcher for punters, but one horse not to dismiss lightly is Jamaican Bolt from Geoff Oldroyd’s Brawby yard near Malton.
The gelding has ground to make up on Take Cover on their recent meeting on Knavesmire, but he has a 6lb pull this time and the softer ground will play to his strengths. He could be a surprise packet.
Ayr Gold Cup winner Highland Colori (5.00) and the ultra-consistent Tatlisu (5.30) are two others to note.
At Newbury, Malton trainer Richard Fahey has a couple of decent chances with Hi There and Dusky Queen, both to be ridden by Sammy-Jo Bell, who has been making a good impression lately and who is now only one winner shy of reducing her claim to 5lb.
Bell teams-up with last month’s Ayr winner Hi There in the Bathwick Tyres Handicap and is also reacquainted with Dusky Queen, on whom she scored at York a fortnight ago, in the Worthington’s & Aylesbury Ex Servicemen’s Club Fillies’ Handicap.
Top French trainer Andre Fabre brings over Galiway to contest the Worthington’s Horris Hill Stakes and the hint should be heeded.
The juvenile was a cosy winner of his maiden debut at Saint-Cloud and promises to be useful.
2.05 Aeolus, 2.40 Centred, 3.15 Jamaican Bolt, 3.50 Somewhat (NAP), 4.25 Torchlighter, 5.00 Highland Colori, 5.30 Tatlisu.
1.15 Cinnilla, 1.45 Cay Dancer, 2.20 Galiway, 2.55 Nichols Canyon, 3.30 Hi There, 4.05 Veiled Intrigue, 4.40 Dusky Queen, 5.10 Yasir.
Today’s other meetings: Chepstow, Stratford, Aintree and Wolverhampton.
Tomorrow’s meetings: Aintree and Wincanton.
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