#OffTheBridle with J.T McCoy - King George preview... and a gentle gloat
Horse Racing : “OH, HARRY HARRY…”
If you’ve been walking down the street recently, either in the environs of Marlborough, Wilts or in South West London and seen a bloke around 6ft tall with short, receding hair, carrying a bit of extra Terry but still looking good, whistling what might sound like the late 90’s chart-topping Angels by Robbie Williams, that’s me (see below for lyrics)
Of course it’s not Angels I’m loving, but THE Angel – Harry Angel. Almost a fortnight on from the July meeting at Newmarket and I can still see it now. As they approached the final furlong, the Tin Man – nowhere, Limato – nowhere, Caravaggio – Nowhere! Harry Angel massacred the field and showed that he is a different gravy over 6f. Maybe Caravaggio ran a bit flat following his victory at Ascot and I wouldn’t write him off just yet, but Harry Angel is at the top of the pile at the moment. You’ve only got to listen to Clive Cox and Adam Kirby to know that they think he’s a world-beater. I wouldn’t disagree.
And the top-class racing comes thick and fast with the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes the highlight of tomorrow’s Ascot card. What was shaping up to be a battle between Highland Reel and Jack Hobbs has been complicated by the declaration of Enable, dual Oaks winner and a horse that Frankie Dettori is so keen on riding, he’s been living off fresh air for the past week in order to make the weight. That weight sees Enable receive a whole stone from the likes of Highland Reel, Jack Hobbs and of course Eclipse winner Ulysses. She’ll be difficult to catch.
Enable could well be around Evens at the off and so we’ll look for a bit of value. For me, the way that Ulysses travelled in the Eclipse last month, not to mention the way he repelled the gutsy Barney Roy all the way to the line, shows that he’s a top-class performer and at 8/1 represents some decent e/w value. The same could be said for Highland Reel at 5/1, another that has served us well over the past few months.
It should be a cracking race to whet the appetite for Glorious Goodwood next week.
Good luck if you plan on putting the mortgage on Enable, and even better luck if you follow me in on Ulysses!
All together now….to the tune of Angels….
“Cara-vaggi-ooooooo you’re meant to be the best horse, but sprinting’s got a new force, ridden by the Kirbs!
“And he doesn’t mind the groooooooound, he acts on good or heavy, to him we’ll raise a bevvy, when he flashes past the post…..
“He’s f*cking lightning……dun dun dun dun dun…
“Back Harry Angel next race.”