Jamie Spencer gives his thoughts on his six rides at York
In the opener this afternoon over five furlongs, I team up with Bogart who has some strong track form at York. He won the big sales race there as a two-year old and then won a good handicap at the Ebor meeting last year. Kevin’s horses are in good form at the moment and seem to do well at the track.
The Grade Two Middleton Stakes at 2.15pm is a strong race in which I partner Secret Gesture. It turned out she had ringworm after her last run which basically shows that she was not right so I would disregard it. Apart from that last outing she held her form up well all year. It’s a nice place to start back with her. We think she will go on the ground. It’s not an easy race but we feel she will have a good chance. Of the others in the field, I think the The Lark could do well this year and have a squeak in this race too.
In the Dante at 2.45pm, I ride Arod for Peter Chapple-Hyam. The ground is going to be a concern but we like him a lot and this race is going to tell us a lot about him. He’s only had two runs so he is very much an unknown quantity at this level. This will give us a good idea about his ability. The favourite True Story looked a very good horse at Newmarket, I have to say. He picked up and then stretched away. You have to be impressed with him. Bunker is another unknown quantity. He’s only had one run since Royal Ascot so the horses with recent form, I’d be sticking with them.The ground might be a bit soft for the The Grey Gatsby but he is a good horse and deserves his rating.
I am on One Chance in the 3.50pm over five furlongs but I do think Eccleston for David O’Meara will be hard to beat in that race as he is a very quick horse.
Gaudy makes his racecourse debut today in the 4.25pm for two-year olds. He’s a nice colt by Dandy Man. Kevin’s been happy with him and he’s ready to start. It is his first race so it might be a watching brief but I know Kevin likes him and hopefully he’ll run well.
Finally, at 5.00pm, I am on board Suraj for Nicky Henderson in the 2m contest. He used to be with Michael Bell so I know this horse well. Putting it in a nice way, he always needed to be two stone less than he really was. Now he has been gelded that could be the making of him. He likes soft ground and he’s got good form as a three-year old. He went jumping and never really had a winter break He has now had a rest and it will be interesting to see how he performs. He’s only a pound higher than when he a won a handicap at Doncaster by six lengths. The combination of a long break and the gelding operation could see an improvement from him.