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ROYAL FLAG wins Amateur Riders' H'cap on opening w/e of Flat Turf season


Royal Flag winning at Newcastle last month

The Flat Turf season got underway at Doncaster this weekend and it was great to leave there with a winner courtesy of ROYAL FLAG who was given a great ride by Jonjo O’Neill Junior to take the closing Amateur Riders' Handicap.

Drawn out in stall 18 of 18, he broke well and Jonjo got him in a good position in mid division towards the outside before making ground three out. He stayed on well in the final two furlongs, taking it up with half a furlong to run. He won a shade cosily in the end with the winning margin a length and three-quarters.

Talking to Simon Mapletoft on At The Races afterwards, Jonjo said: “He was drawn on the very outside but he broke well and slotted in nicely and was able to get a good toe into the race.

“I probably got there a little too soon, he was just idling a little bit in front. He just needs to have one to have a go at but it worked out perfectly.”

A winner at Newcastle over two miles back in January, ROYAL FLAG was following up a very good second at the track last month. We knew he was in good form and despite dropping back to 1m4f here the biggest concern was the draw.

We were delighted to get a winner on the opening weekend of the Flat Turf season and lets hope there’s plenty more!

Of our eight runners yesterday the majority finished down the field but we knew most of them would need the run and they will all improve for their outing. Of those, Northgate Lad was one who ran particularly well to finish sixth, beaten a length and a quarter, in the 0-95 six-furlong Handicap under Ben Robinson and he’s sure to be in the winners enclosure before long.

Top Notch Tonto and Dream Walker were a shade disappointing finishing down the field in the Lincoln on Saturday although Tonto was actually only beaten five and a quarter lengths.

Ben Robinson reported Tonto choked and he will wear a tongue-tie next time he runs while Dream Walker needed a stronger gallop. Both would have appreciated more cut in the ground too.