Jamie Spencer looks ahead to Ebor day at York
In the first race on the card tomorrow I ride Trade Storm who ran well on his first start back in the UK following his spell in Dubai. He is stepping up in trip but he did win at this meeting two years ago. I think of the rest, Farraaj will be tough to beat but we go there with a good chance.
I really like the chances of Captain Morley in the Melrose Stakes at 2.40. This is a horse who could really go places. He has improved with each start this year. He had a nice break after Royal Ascot. David is now stepping him up again so I am just hoping he doesn’t need the run. His form at Royal Ascot behind Elite Army and Windshear is good because the Hannon horse has gone on to be placed in two Group races. My horse goes here with a solid chance and deserves to be at the top end of betting. I think the big danger could be Connecticut, who has been running really well but I would not swap my horse for any of these.
In the Gimcrack (3.15), I ride Ahlan Emarati. He didn’t stay last time but hopefully he will put up a better show this time around. He was second earlier in the season behind Kool Kompany in Ireland in the Railway Stakes and was placed third at Royal Ascot so he has good form. He’ll be jumping out again and he will wear his heart of his sleeve so we will see where that takes him. Baitha Alga will be hard to beat but he has a penalty and that is not an easy thing to carry in a Group race.
I ride Whiplash Willy in the big race of the day, the Ebor which is the richest handicap in Europe. He’ll have to carry top weight but he has good form for Andrew Balding who did very well to get him back after such a long lay-off. Everybody knows Pallasator is going to be difficult to beat, and if the favourite does have a smooth trip through the race, he looks unbeatable.
My final ride at this year’s Ebor Festival is on board Mind of Madness for David Brown. He finished second in the Norfolk Stakes at Royal Ascot and hopefully he can run a big race again.