#OffTheBridle with J.T McCoy - Ebor Festival Day 3... Plus Day 2 success!
Horse Racing : Rising from the flames
It’s rare that TSB top brass want to buy yours truly a pint, but funnily enough they’re falling
over themselves to get to the bar after Flaming Spear took the big handicap on day 2 of the
Ebor meeting yesterday. It was a particularly satisfying victory on a big stage, having failed
to live up to his potential in his last few starts. And then there’s the price!
So, we approach day 3 at York with a few quid to play with, bolstered by Paddy Power
paying 5 places in the same race which brought my other tip El Hayem into play. Smug.
Having bumped into The Don earlier in the week whilst on holiday in sunny
Salcombe, conversation turned to the Nunthorpe (3.35). I’m firmly in the Lady Aurelia
camp, always have been. HOWEVER our pal’s fancy, Battaash, is beginning to concern me,
and the money appears to be coming for it. I can’t deny Charles Hills’ horse was impressive
at Goodwood last time out, but surely Wesley Ward’s flying machine will cement her place
at the top of the pile.
Let’s also not forget Marsha, winner of the Prix de L’Abbaye and the Palace House Stakes
and my old favourite, Washington DC, whom I will always stick a fiver on, just in case he
rediscovers his top form.
Before the Nunthorpe comes the Group 3 City of York Stakes and Daban surely has a huge
shout after finishing 3 rd in the 1000 Guineas. 11/2 seems like a welcoming price, but the race
is deep and there could be a few surprise packages, namely Tupi and Jungle Cat at decent
That’s it for day 3, I’ll be keeping a decent amount of my powder dry ahead of the final day,
including of course the Ebor.