Monday, August 16, 2010

Ebor meeting - Juddmonte International

Very hastily written lines before the first day of York's Ebor meeting...

The Acomb Stakes (2.15) for two-year-olds over seven furlongs looks fascinating but is well outside my comfort zone. The Great Voltigeur isn't a great race for favourites (two winners in the past decade) but the market has proved a decent guide to the International (3.25) with six winners in the same timeframe. Rip Van Winkle is likely to head tomorrow's market but he hasn't won over this distance, a comment that also applies to the only three-year-old in the field, Dick Turpin. Byword beat Twice Over in the Prince Of Wales's Stakes at Royal Ascot; drying ground will help Henry Cecil's bay but I take Andre Fabre's Byword to collect the spoils.

1 comment:

GeeDee said...

A thriller in the International with both the Khalid Abdulla owned horses commiting early at the two furlong marker. Byword (11/4) appeared to be losing the battle with Twice Over (6/1) but in the shadow of the post favourite Rip Van Winkle (7/4f) came with a late surge to snatch the spoils on the line; the winning distances were recorded as half a length and three quarters of a length, although to the naked eye it looked closer than that.