It was a great start to the York Ebor Meeting for our team yesterday, Logician turning on the style to get the job done under Frankie in the Great Voltigeur.
The boss, Mr Gosden, has brought him along gradually, stepping him up in class as he’s gained experience.
As I mentioned in yesterday’s blog, I rode Logician on Monday morning and he gave me a great feel, but they still have to go out on the track and prove it, and that’s exactly what he did on the Knavesnire.
A victory of that nature is a great reward for all the team back at the yard, unsung heroes in a whole range of jobs who put in the miles and the effort all year round to keep the show on the road.
It was also especially satisfying because as regular readers will be aware, I’m a proud supporter of the charity Racing Welfare, who are long term partners of FansBet. The challenge and responsibility is on my shoulders to choose their £100 charity selection on each of the four days at York, so it’s great to have gotten off to a winning start!
Let’s hope for more of the same today, and to help raise some extra funds for Racing Welfare.
To that end, I’m off to Leicester, but will be keeping my attention earlier in the day firmly trained on events at York, where Ladies Day is all about one female in particular.
Side-stepping the opening day’s Juddmonte International, our stable’s star mare Enable returns to York to line up in the feature Group 1 Darley Yorkshire Oaks (Thur, 3.35pm), a race she won back in 2017.
You can’t and don’t take anything for granted in this game, but she’s unbeaten in 11 and is looking for a fifth Group 1 in succession.
Hopefully this will be a perfect stepping stone to her assault on a third Arc de Triomphe, and I sense this will be a great race to watch as it’s certain to be tactical.
There’s no finer man than my good pal Frankie where tactics are involved, though he’ll have his wits about him with a very good opponent like Magical in there pitching.
Lah Ti Dar likes it here and being two from two at the track provides a very strong back-up for our team in this small field of four, but all being well this will tee-up Enable perfectly for her trip to Longchamp in just over six weeks’ time.
She’s a mare worth the admission fee alone and will surely go down as one of the all-time greats.
The race immediately after the Yorkshire Oaks is the listed Galtres Stakes over a mile and a half (Thur, 4.15pm).
Given the choice I wouldn’t take too long to make my decision and take the leg-up on a horse I know well, the boss’s Hameem.
Albeit in novice and handicap company, she has won four of her last six and in my mind has earned another chance to take on this type of opposition at listed level.
She didn’t show much when tried in this grade at Pontefract in June, but she looks a different filly in the last month and couldn’t have been more impressive last time at Kempton, a five length stroll for which the handicapper understandably hiked her up eight pounds to a mark of 101.
If that assessment is accurate she has a great chance of playing a part in the finish today. Fingers crossed she can get involved.
Lastly, I’m going to try and make it two from two on behalf of Racing Welfare by suggesting their daily charitable £100 wager goes the way of John Quinn’s Liberty Beach in the Group 2 Lowther Stakes (Thur, 1.55pm).
John’s a fantastic trainer for handling these young fillies and has already prepared her to win four of her five starts.
In fact, you can even upgrade her only defeat since that came in the Queen Mary at Royal Ascot, a 25-horse race in which she was forced to race on the wrong side of the track.
She ‘won’ her group, in a contest where the true form essentially couldn’t have worked out better. Indeed, the winner Raffle Prize went on to be beaten just a neck in the Group 1 Prix Morny at Deuville on Sunday just gone.
Liberty Beach is quick and possesses an extra gear, an asset which got her out of trouble in the Molecomb Stakes at Glorious Goodwood last time.
Fingers crossed she can make it five from six and maintain my 100% record for the team at Racing Welfare.
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