Kelly shines as Green Monkey wins handicap

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It was a glorious day for racing on Saturday afternoon at Doncaster, with bright sunshine beating down on a bumper crowd at the annual unison race day.

The first race of the afternoon was a sprint handicap, which was won by Green Monkey and ridden by Shane Kelly.

This horse is on a good upward curve at present and could easily win again soon.

The second race on the card was a two year old maiden event, which went to the well backed Evening Attire trained locally by David Brown at Averham Park.

He showed a good attitude, despite an element of greenness, and after being hampered a furlong out, stayed on strongly in the hands of Sean Levey to reel back Roseburg and Andrea Atzeni close home.

In our next race, we saw the most impressive winner of the afternoon in the shape of debutant Groundbreaking, ridden by Robert Havlin in the mile-and-a-quarter maiden race for three year olds.

This colt by New Approach travelled beautifully throughout the race and quickened away in the style of a good horse by four lengths.

He certainly looks to have a bright future, that is for sure, and it will be interesting to see where he goes from this.

Deserted, who was fourth, once again caught the eye, staying on strongly when the race was all over, and he now receives a handicap mark.

Groundbreaking’s trainer is Charlie Appleby, and the Godolphin stable was quickly at the double when Winterlude scored on his handicap debut under Ahmed Ajtebi.

After an easy win in maiden company at Wolverhampton, he made the transition into handicaps here with a gritty victory.

The three year old handicap, over a mile and a half, was next up, and it was Emerging - ridden by Liam Keniry - who prevailed in a good dual with Duke Of Perth and Kirsty Milczarek by half a length.

Our feature race was a conditions stakes over six furlongs at 5.20, and it was won by one of the two three year olds in the race, Taayel, who was giving jockey Robert Havlin a double on the afternoon.

Taayel was having his first run of the season and in only his fourth career run, he did well to win this and should be able to win again soon.

Finally, our last race was a fillies handicap over six furlongs, and short priced favourite Lulu The Zulu hit the front inside the final furlong.

However, it was Queen Hermione who burst through a gap and then mowed down Lulu The Zulu to win by a couple of lengths and give jockey Sean Levey a double.

It also gave local trainer Derek Shaw a winner, too.

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