Doncaster

  • 16:00 Barton Storage Systems Fillies' Handicap 1m

  • Winner £5,531 2nd £1,646 3rd £823 4th £411
  • Going: Good to Firm (Good in Places)
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 1m 37.94s
  • Off time: 16:00:17
16:00 Doncaster Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Melodies 8/1
2nd Affina (IRE) 11/10

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR Sky Bet
1 (3) 4114-93 Dark blue, large yellow spots Affina (IRE) 27
3 9-5 S Crisford S De Sousa 79 1001
2 (4) 12725 White, Red sash, Red and White striped cap Litigation 27
Distance Winner
3 9-4 J Tate J P Spencer 78 1001
3 (2) 425-4 Yellow, Black spots, Yellow sleeves and cap Melodies 43
Beaten Favourite
3 9-4 E A L Dunlop Fran Berry 78 1001
4 (1) 715-6 Brown, orange seams, brown cap Boreagh Lass (IRE) 51
3 9-2 E De Giles A Mullen 76 1001
5 (5) 9432 Black and Light Blue check, Black sleeves, Light Blue cap Culdrose 14
Beaten Favourite
3 9-0 R M Beckett Harry Bentley 74 1001

Verdict

A tight handicap as a 5lb weight spectrum demonstrates. AFFINA has topweight but deservedly so and finished a respectable third behind Preening in what reads a better race than the one she contests here. Her juvenile form was progressive and that latest outing suggested she's ready to strike. Culdrose remains a maiden but is improving with each run and it's interesting her handler chooses to travel the handicap route rather than land an ordinary maiden. Boreagh Lass may have needed her reappearance run in late-May, Melodies looks where the handicapper wants her and Litigation is hard to be confident about due to inconsistency.