Jamie Spencer thinks Maarek has the speed to win the Beverley Bullet
I start my day up in Beverley where I ride Maarek in the big Listed contest up in Yorkshire, the Beverley Bullet Sprint. I really like his chances in this race and he is a great old horse. In his first couple of starts this year he has finished third at Naas, where he needed the run over five furlongs and then he finished fourth at Longchamp over a very fast five furlongs. Obviously Mecca’s Angel won that race in France and my horse was flashing home. He’d have been second with an extra 75 yards or so. The ground at Beverley is Good to Soft, Soft in places at the moment but it is a really stiff track and it takes some getting. I am hoping he will be able to weave his way through the field. He’ll need some luck in running as it is a big field but he’s the best horse in the race. He has Line of Reason to beat but he has a penalty so hopefully we can take care of him. If there is any rain overnight, our chances are even better.
After the Bullet, I’ll be hotfooting down to Newmarket where I take up the ride of Academy House in the 4.35pm. I won a maiden on this horse at Leicester. He’s a little bit lazy but he’s got cheek-pieces on for the first time. He’ll need to step up on what he has shown as it looks a strong nursery. Zebadiah for Richard Hannon might be hard to beat and New Caledonian for Mark Johnston looks to be a nice horse. Going back to my horse though, he’s probably better than he has shown so far so hopefully we can be in the mix.
In the six furlong handicap at 5.05pm, I’m on Them and Us for Michael Bell. We’ve tried him over a few different distances. He won over a mile at Epsom earlier this year, he’s also won over seven furlongs at Newmarket. We are dropping back down to six furlongs but the ground is likely to be very dead and testing so it should be a good test of stamina which will suit.
In 540pm, I’ll be riding Barye who looks handicapped to the rooftop but he did beat Sahaafy at Sandown last time so he’s a very capable horse.
Finally, my last ride of the day is on Absolute Champion in the final race on the card at 6.10pm. He’s won two of his last four races so obviously creeping up the weights. He’s got a chance but he would need everything to go his way.