The Ebor festival at York is one of the biggest and the best of the year and now with £1 million up for grabs in the Ebor the quality of the racing is even higher.
It’s been a great week already with the likes of Japan and Enable producing such good performances, and I’m looking forward to seeing the action on the final day.
The Ebor looks really competitive but there are a couple that catch my eye plus one or two other interesting ones on the card.
2.25 York – Land Of Oz
He’s a classic Sir Mark Prescott horse. He was an immature horse last year and was always going to benefit from stepping up in trip. Now he has gone up in trip and he’s come to himself he’s won four on the bounce and it’s hard to see him stopping any time soon. Sir Mark is brilliant at getting his horses in at the right level and then letting them flourish, and I think this horse will pick up a big pot.
3.00 York – Laurens
She’s a Group 1 winner taking on horses in a Group 2, so she has to have a class factor on them. All good horses have speed so coming down in trip wouldn’t bother me in the slightest. When I was working for Jimmy FitzGerald I was in a gallop with another sprinter and Forgive ‘N Forget, who won the Cheltenham Gold Cup. We were told we were galloping six furlongs and were to give the chaser a lead – I was giggling to myself at the thought of it. Well, that smile was wiped off my face when Forgive ‘N Forget came charging through us on the bridle and went six lengths clear! My point is, good horses have speed whatever distance they run at. Laurens will be fine.
3.40 York – Red Galileo
I’m very surprised more trainers haven’t targeted their horses at the race like you thought they might have done. Given the prize-money on offer and the prestige of the race you thought they might try and get in here with a little bit up their sleeves, but it looks very open instead. Red Verdon was the one that caught my eye in the build up to this race but you wonder whether that 5lb his gone up for winning last time might just prove too much. He’s got an each-way chance. Withhold is the class horse and you have to respect him for that, but the one I keep coming back to is Red Galileo. My son Little Cieren rides him and on the speed figures this horse has a real big chance. He’ll stay, he’s as tough as nails and he was a really good winner at Newmarket earlier this year. He’s drawn well, he’s got 5lb off his back and the race won’t phase his rider that’s for sure.
5.20 York – Recon Mission
Little Cieren had the choice of a few rides in this race but we thought this horse had the best prospects. He was an impressive winner at the course earlier in the year and he has had some tough tasks the last twice. Back at York, he looks to have a fantastic chance and it’d be brilliant for Little Cieren to get a winner at the Ebor festival too.
6.50 Windsor – Accidental Agent
I know this isn’t at York but I really like this horse. His last run was a good run and they’ve worked the oracle at the stalls with him. His trainer Eve Johnson Houghton is a real old school operator and I’d love to see him come back to his best. He’s a Group 1 winner and this is a Group 3 race, so he’s going to be really tough for the others to beat. He’s ready to win.