The Ebor week, possibly the best week in racing of the year. Epsom and Ascot get the credit and all the attention but, for me, this week is the racing fans week. Huge fields of horses that punters and racegoers alike can appreciate and get drawn into.
Its always a demanding week and a tough week to make money on, so to limp out of it on day one after a quiet couple of weeks to start the month was a little daunting to say the least.
Day two saw us bounce into life when taking on one of the toughest handicaps of the week and coming out of it having paid for our week in one race. Cruyff Turn Delivered in fine style with a game front running ride and despite his 28/1 price its fair to say it was no shock for us, and he arguably has a bit more in the tank. For good measure we also had Astro King in 3rd following some huge runs earlier in the season, stepped back up to 1m 2f or a stiff mile should see him back in the winners enclosure..
No winners for us on Friday but a hatful of places throughout the day ensured it was another profitable one. Gis A Sub (20/1) bounced right back to form from a good draw and back to front running tactics, but the winner Lusail was a class apart. His rider Patt Dobbs suggests that there is a stack more left in him as he finally begins to fill his shell, he looks an exciting prospect next season and one to stick in your trackers. Dawn Of Liberation (17/2) was another runner up on the day and another who can be followed as a 3yr old. She looks a shell of a horse at the moment but it wont be long before she’s winning over further. Her form is superb.
Saturday became a washout with the weather. Mad decisions to pull the Ebor Favourite out of the race on account to quick ground was laughable, given that everything else was coming out or tailing off on account of soft ground. Its something that William Haggas has done twice now in big Saturday races this year, it seems controversy is higher up on the agenda than the apparent horse welfare. Lets not forget that Hamish had won at the course on Good to Firm ground previously and York’s times suggested it was closer to soft than good by the time the Ebor started.
The highlight of Saturday was a big run from our ever consistent contact at the Sir Michael Stoute yard who told us that 22/1 Ville De Grace was hugely overpriced. She certainly was and we were rewarded nicely.
The week starts for us on Tuesday with some nice racing at Newbury and Salisbury, including some info, and builds up toward the Goodwood bank holiday meeting and the Celebration mile..
Before we sign out here are a few horses to stick in your trackers, they’ll be lining your pockets before too long.
Astro King …. A stiff mile or an easy 10f will see him winning a big pot, may even be a Balmoral horse for Champions Day
Escobar …. Another running well that will no doubt be aimed at the Balmoral
Max Vega …. Stayed on well in the Ebor from an impossible position. Lightly raced he has a big pot in him
Master Zoffany …. Not been seen since Goodwood but will be out when it rains. He was seriously unlucky, along with one other, to not go close in his last race. The other horse that suffered serious interference has since come out and won by 3 lengths.
La Trinidad …. One of may horses in the week that were not suited by being held up at York. He hasn’t stopped progressing just yet
Hurricane Ivor …. much better than his 3rd would suggest, he flew home from an impossible position. He’s got a big sprint in him, maybe the Portland Handicap.