Unibet ambassador Jamie Spencer looks ahead to the Ebor and talks through his big Saturday rides
I WOULDN’T say the drinks are on the House just yet, but as Ebor warm-ups go, it was pretty impressive.
I’m talking of Raheen House‘s run at York last week, when he finished third, just a neck behind Red Verdon.
Some seemed to question his heart for the fight at the end, but in my book there was nothing wrong with it.
The ground was plenty fast enough and it was only his second race back after nine months out. It takes a certain type of horse to act on ground as firm as that and he’ll be a lot happier when he’s back on something a bit softer.
He won’t get a penalty for the Ebor, but will stay on the same mark. It looks the right race.
There was another very impressive prep about half an hour after Raheen House, when Escobar got back to winning ways. You have to get it right, because he flattens out if you go too early. It was about giving him a bit of confidence.
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He will probably go for the Golden Mile at Goodwood now. This weekend is not the most inspiring racing of the season, and I go to Newmarket for four rides.
FOUR WHITE SOCKS (2.40) has her second run for Harry Fry. She’s down in grade after running in a Group 3 at Cork, but there could be a couple of unexposed types in there, especially Sparkle Roll. Even so, she could be in the first three with a bit of luck.
ALTERNATIVE FACT (3.50) is back up to a rating of 90 and is difficult to place. But if he gets it together, he won’t be without a chance.
CARDANO (5.00) has had a great season, winning three of his last four. He only won a short head last time and has to progress again here, but has done so all year and there’s no reason why he shouldn’t again.
HADDAF (5.35) is 10lb lower than when he went to Stuart Williams. He has won off a much higher rating and could be interesting on his first run for the stable.