Day 2 of the York Ebor meeting and many a hangover is being nursed around the York area. As I arrived at the track yesterday the first two people I saw were Betfan tipsters Chris Anzani of Racing Value and the Gambling Don looking at the horses in the pre parade ring.
The next person to come in was Andy Bell of Andy Bell Racing it felt like Betfan was sponsoring the whole day, next year maybe!
The highlight of the first day had to be Ryan Moore’s ride on Telescope in the Great Voltigeur, it was a masterclass in race riding as Moore kicked on when going well at the two furlong pole. This sealed the race and though he had to repel late challengers he was never going to lose. This is seen as the premier St Leger Trial but I wouldn’t be rushing to back Telescope for the final classic because at the end he was out on his feet and that race is two furlongs further. If anything I think they should bring him back in trip.
The big race the Juddmonte was won by the admirable Declaration of War but you have to think the fave Al Kazeem didn’t show his form and Toranado who has just finished as I write was a major flop. We won’t be seeing him over a mile and two again me thinks. Shortly after the race I witnessed Richard Hannon junior leaving the track at a fair rate of knots, I’m not surprised.
Today the highlight is the Yorkshire Oaks and I’m massively behind the Gosden trained the Fugue who was second in this race last year. He was beaten by the soft ground that day but will have no worries on that score as the ground should be quick by 3.40. He is worth a bet at the 11/4 those kind and generous people at Betvictor are offering us this morning.
Get by the TV take the phone off the hook and enjoy day 2, now where did I leave my binoculars.
Back next Thursday.