Thoughts on Trimoulet and Karnage at Doncaster on Sunday

Karnage makes his raceourse debut in the 2.45 at Doncaster tomorrow (29th of March). Steve Drowne takes the ride in the seven furlong maiden. This strapping son of Lawman was purchased at Tattersalls Craven Breeze up sale. For a big horse with more of a middle distance pedigree it was quite a challenge for him so we gave him plenty of to recover from his preparations for the breeze ups as he was always going to be a three year old type. He has flourished over the winter and has been working nicely. Seven furlongs is probably on the short side for him distance wise, but the big galloping track should suit and should make for a nice introduction to racing.

The race looks a decent contest with several well bred and expensively purchased newcomers. Gothic Empire was a horse we liked at the sales so it will be interesting to see how he runs. Of the horses that have run, Gurkha Friend probably has the best form, but hasn’t run for a long time. Nortron is ran well on his second start and will be suited by the step back up to seven furlongs.

Karnage on Friday morning


Trimoulet runs in the 5.00. Regular jockey Tony Hamilton is once again in the saddle of the big horse for this fiercely competitive handicap. The race represents a different kind of test for Trimoulet who did well to win his first two handicap starts on the all weather. He can be forgiven for not quite pulling off the hat-trick in what was a messily run affair  and his third start in a fortnight. There ought to be a strong pace which will suit as Trimoulet has already won over this trip and further, a field of this size is something new to contend with and is also the best field Trimoulet will have faced. He has been working well at home and the galloping nature of the track should be to his liking.

With so many of these runners making their first racecourse appearance for quite some time its always hard to predict how fit they will be, arguments can be put forward for several runners. Gone Viral was progressive in Ireland last summer and is interesting on his first start for a new yard. Viewpoint does have recent runs under his belt and takes quite a drop down in class which means he could be interesting. Satanic Beat has good form on the flat and has been running creditably over hurdles recently and is another to consider a big danger.

Trimoulet on Friday morning