I ride Spirit Quartz in the Nunthorpe this afternoon and he must have a reasonable each-way chance. He ran well to finish second to Ortensia at Goodwood last time, but it will be hard to turn around the form. She’d be my idea of the winner.
Dubai Prince takes his chance in the Strensall Stakes and he is a course and distance winner. He does prefer softer ground, so although I’d give him a chance, I’d like to see some rain.
Expert Fighter doesn’t have the greatest of draws in the opener, but that isn’t as much of a disadvantage as it used to be at York and he is another with an each-way squeak.
However, my best chance of a winner today is Brave Command in the Convivial. This is always a very difficult race to win, but I quite like this colt and he should be there or thereabouts.
The big race tomorrow is the Ebor and I’m hoping for a big run from Willing Foe. He has some decent form in the book and as long as his draw in stall 18 isn’t too much of a disadvantage he is well capable of finishing in the first four.
Saddler’s Rock is going to be very hard to beat in the QIPCO British Champions’ Series Lonsdale Cup. He won the Goodwood Cup last time, but I’ll be going all out to get him on Cavalryman who has won his last two including at this track in May.