Jamie Spencer looks ahead to day two of the Ebor Meeting
In the opening race on the card at 1.55pm I ride Ferryover for Kevin Ryan. This horse dead-heated at Ayr a couple of months ago to break his maiden tag. He’s got a good bit to find on the ratings with Orvar but the horse who I feel will be the big danger is Tasleet. William Haggas’ runner was second to Shalaa at Glorious Goodwood in the Group Two Richmond Stakes. On that run, he sets the standard and he may be hard to beat but hopefully my horse can get in on the action. There is good prize money all the way down to sixth so we’ll be giving it our best shot.
At 2.30pm it is the Lowther Stakes where I take up the mount of Ashadihan. She ran very well at Royal Ascot where the ground on that occasion was Good to Firm. When she won first time out at Haydock the ground was just on the easy side of Good and I think that is probably her preferred going. We are very happy with her so we are hopeful of a big run. The one in the race which has been the talking horse is Lumiere. Someone said she was the most exciting two-year old Mark Johnston has had since Attraction so you have to sit up and take note of that. That said, I would not swap my mount. She will continue to improve so there could be a bit of value in my filly against the favourite.
I’ve no ride in the Yorkshire Oaks at 3.40pm. Covert Love has the best form going into this race, however, I don’t think Curvy ran to her best at the Curragh in the Irish Oaks where she finished third. With a visor on this time, it might just be the making of her. The easier ground may just help too so I’d take her to reverse the form with Covert Love.
I’m really looking forward to riding Koora in the 4.20pm. She’s a beautiful filly who will love the ground. Being a half-sister to Milan, the stallion, who won the St Leger, she is bred to stay well. It was a mile and a quarter at Doncaster the last time she ran where she was doing her best work at the finish. I really like her and I think she will put on a good show.