#OffTheBridle with J.T McCoy - Ebor Festival Day 2
Horse Racing : That familiar feeling...
Very rarely have we gone into the second day of a big meeting with bucket loads of cash
from Day 1. It’s happened, but seems to be the exception not the rule. Still, it’s a marathon
not a sprint, with plenty more top-quality racing over the next few days.
Day 1 at York was annoying more than anything. Cracksman hosed up in the Voltigeur but
the field was weak – I still won’t be following him in the best company. Theydon Grey was a
non-runner in the 4.15 and Penglai Pavillion put up a good showing but just missed the
places. Areen Faisal gave us some place money to send us home with enough for an ice
cream (I’m currently by the seaside).
The big race of the day, the Juddmonte International was a belter. Those of you who’ve
been with us from the start will know that nothing pleases me more than a strong travelling
type, even if they find nothing when push comes to shove. But Ulysses, whom we have
followed to some good successes in recent months, showed some serious class in the way
he sauntered into the race behind Barney Roy and Churchill.
Hats off to Jim Crowley for timing it just right. The horse obviously likes to be delivered late and he timed it to perfection, cruising alongside as Moore and Doyle were giving everything, and went away nicely. A serious horse and he’s up there on the OffTheBridle favourites list, along with Harry Angel.
I suppose I should front up and admit that, despite bottling it and not offering a ‘tip’ for the
Juddmonte, I did actually back Ulysses. Sorry folks – if it makes you feel any better it was the
smallest of bets, just to keep it interesting. I shan’t do that again and shall grow a pair when
presented with such a conundrum.
Anyway, onto Day 2. Enable is the star attraction and should win by a furlong given the
opposition and the price, currently 2/7. Onto more reasonable punting and Hey Jonesy catches the eye for Kevin Ryan in the 1.55, although with such a big field there may well be an element of luck needed. The trip- versatile De Bruyne Horse should also be thereabouts under Ryan Moore.
The 2.25 should be between the two market leaders, Madeline and Actress, with slight
preference for the former. Many will fancy Happy like a Fool for American sprint genius
Wesley Ward, however she could be better over 5f. Another big field handicap at 3.00 – I’m sticking with Flaming Spear who has bags of potential but hasn’t yet served us well. Today could be his day. El Hayem would be the other pick. Both are currently around 11/1.
Nothing else catches the McCoy eye this afternoon, so here’s hoping for a few winners to
take us forward to tomorrow’s Nunthorpe and Lonsdale Stakes. We’ll attempt to unpick
these tomorrow morning.