#OffTheBridle with J.T McCoy - Yorkshire Ebor Festival
Horse Racing: Back from a break and looking for one thing - winners
So, in the past couple of weeks the only bet I’ve had was with a bloke in a pub who told me
that Burnley would beat Chelsea in the first week of the new Premier League season. I
laughed in his face and told him to jog quickly on the nearest ATM and prepare to weigh me
in.... Not a great start to the season.
I’ve since taken family McCoy on a veritable tour of the British Isles recently, with Wiltshire,
Surrey, London, Newcastle and Devon all featuring in the past two weeks, yet I’ve nothing to
show for this other than a lighter wallet and a heavier frame.
In search of a financial pick-me- up, it feels good to be back and diving straight into four days
of quality action on the Knavesmire, beginning today with an absolute belter - Churchill vs
Barney Roy vs Ulysses vs Cliffs of Moher (and others) in the Group 1 Juddmonte
International Stakes. In a summer which has seen some fantastic Group 1 clashes, this
promises to be right up there and I won’t even disrespect the line up by attempting to pick a
winner. Horse-racing’s going to be the winner, for sure.
Half an hour before the Juddmonte is the Great Voltiguer, which sees Derby-placed
Cracksman return following a decent second in the Irish Derby almost 7 weeks ago. It’s a
surprise to see him at around Evens and I certainly won’t be taking any of that. In fact, I’d be
very keen to take on Cracksman, as I was in the Epsom Derby, and Mirage Dancer looks sure
to improve. You can’t discount Venice Beach either. It’s one of those two for me and I’ll be
watching the market before making a decision.
Perhaps more attractive betting propositions lie in the lesser races of the day, and I’m
particularly keen on two horses in the 2m handicap at 4.15 – Theydon Grey for William
Haggas and Penglai Pavillion for Charlie Appleby and Godolphin. The latter has been off the
track for almost a year, however form up to then was impressive and the market seems to
suggest a big run could be on the cards. I’ll be backing both e/w.
I’ll also have a nibble at Areen Faisal in the lucky last. Richard Fahey has won this race 3
times in the past 5 years and with Paul Hanagan riding, this proven combination could be
worth following at 10/1.
We’ll be looking at the rest of the meeting, including the Ebor, very shortly.