Weatherbys Racing Bank 300,000 2-Y-O Stakes
Doncaster 15:35
£300,000 added,
2yo only,
6f 111y, Class 2   
Thursday 12th September 2019

1 King's Lynn 12/1
2 Repartee 5/1
3 Toro Strike 22/1
20 ran NR: Byline, National League
Distances: ½l, shd, ½l Time: 1m 18.81s (slow by 2.61s)

A promising second on debut at Windsor, the Andrew Balding-trained King’s Lynn took a huge step forward to land this valuable contest in the hands of champion jockey-elect Oisin Murphy.

As ever the race was ultra-competitive, and King’s Lynn was the least experienced runner in the 20-strong field.

The Cable Bay colt burst clear on entering the final furlong and while several mounted a late challenge from out of the pack, King’s Lynn (12-1) had half a length in hand over Repartee at the line, with Toro Strike third.

Murphy said: “I was thrilled. He obviously has a big heart. We trained his mother Kinematic, she was also quite small and he’s a good advertisement for his sire (Cable Bay). He’s absolutely flying.

“I suppose Andrew, John Warren and Her Majesty will speak, but I think six furlongs is probably OK for him. I imagine he’ll sharpen up. Let’s see how he develops.” 

Eve Johnson Houghton was happy to dispense with the unlucky racecourse tag she had for Doncaster when Graceful Magic prevailed in a tight finish to the British Stallion Studs EBF ‘Carrie Red’ Fillies’ Nursery Handicap.

Graceful Magic had plenty of horses in front of her as Company Minx and Red Treble made the early running, but the 5-1 joint-favourite found plenty for Charlie Bishop to get the better of Stylistique and Rosadora by a short head and a head in a scrap to the line.

“It was a bit close for comfort,” said Johnson Houghton.

“Charlie said he was following Stylistique so he was quite happy with that and my other filly (Special Secret) was fourth. She’s run a blinder.

“I couldn’t split them which is why I ran them both. They’ve both run great and I’m thrilled with it.

“I’ve wanted to win this race for a long time. It’s a six-and-a-half-furlongs nursery for fillies, it’s good prize-money and a super race to win.

“I’ve been going, ‘I hate Doncaster’, because it’s been an unlucky course for me. Now it’s a lucky course for me and I’m very happy.”

Weatherbys Racing Bank 300,000 2-Y-O Stakes
£300,000 added, 2yo only, 6f 111y, Class 2
20 ran
Going: Good to Firm

1 (1)     King's Lynn 2 8-9 Andrew Balding Oisin Murphy
2 (3)
½ Repartee 2 9-2 Kevin Ryan Andrea Atzeni
3 (12) shd Toro Strike 2 8-9 Richard Fahey Tony Hamilton
4 (6) ½ Manigordo 2 9-0 Richard Hannon Pat Dobbs
5 (11)
King Neptune 2 9-2 A P O'Brien Wayne Lordan
6 (2)
nk Pistoletto 2 9-2 A P O'Brien Seamie Heffernan
7 (9)
2 Harpocrates 2 9-2 A P O'Brien Ryan Moore
8 (4)
nse Glasvegas 2 8-6 Keith Dalgleish David Egan
9 (17)
nk Ziggle Pops 2 9-2 Richard Hannon Sean Levey
10 (10)
shd Unforgetable 2 8-11 Joseph Patrick O'Brien Frankie Dettori
11 (15) shd Electrical Storm 2 9-2 Saeed bin Suroor Daniel Tudhope
12 (7)
Rayong 2 8-9 K R Burke Ben Curtis
13 (5)
1 War Storm 2 8-9 Archie Watson Hollie Doyle
14 (16) ½ Great Ambassador 2 9-2 Ralph Beckett Harry Bentley
15 (20)
8 Indian Creak 2 8-12 Mick Channon William Buick
16 (14) shd When Comes Here 2 8-9 Andrew Balding Franny Norton
17 (19)
1 Skontonovski 2 8-6 Richard Spencer Martin Dwyer
18 (22)
nse Soaring Star 2 9-2 Kevin Ryan Kevin Stott
19 (13)
3 D Day 2 8-9 Richard Hannon Tom Marquand
20 (8)
Swinley Forest 2 8-9 Brian Meehan Jason Hart
1 NR (21) 217 Byline 2 9-2 Kevin Ryan NON RUNNER
12 NR (18) 4215 National League 2 8-12 Richard Fahey NON RUNNER