The Brocklesby Stakes is run over the flying five furlongs at Doncaster Racecourse. It is a conditions race open to horses aged two years. It is always a big race from a betting point of view as it is the traditional opening two-year-old race of the British Flat racing season.
The colts will have a weight of 9-3 whilst the fillies will receive a five pound allowance. Richard Fahey has won the race four times including two of the last three renewals. With that in mind, Vintage Clarets could go off favourite for the race.
With so many unknowns, this is always a very difficult race to try to work out. We have no form to go on and we have no idea how fit or unfit each runner will be.
There are several factors we need to look at. One is pedigree; looking at the family tree, would it suggest that this horse is a five furlong speedster? Should they go on the ground?
The other thing to look out for is trainer form. Has the trainer been in very good form of late? If he or she has been, there is every chance that their runner will be fit and ready to go.
Who wins the first Flat race of the season?
Forca Brasil is the horse that sticks out like a sore thumb to me and ticks a good few boxes. This 60,000 guineas yearling is by Cotai Glory and is a half-brother to Muker who was a two-year-old 5f winner. He is also a half-brother to sprinter Lady Mega.
Trainer George Boughey couldn’t be in better form at the moment. He is operating at a 25 per cent strike-rate this year and this will be his first ever runner at Doncaster.
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