Is Seamour the Ebor answer?

THE rain is coming. Beautiful weather is about to be replaced by a downpour that could have a profound effect on the Ebor, Europe’s richest handicap, on Saturday. The ante-post favourite Ivan Grozny is also out of the race after being found to be lame, leaving Northumberland Plate winner Antiquarium at the head of the …[Read More]

Limato to light up York Festival

IT seems five minutes ago that virtual silence reigned across York racecourse after Arabian Queen lowered the colours of Derby winner Golden Horn in the 2015 Juddmonte International. The fairy-tale success of Mecca’s Angel and the immense training performance by Joseph Tuite to prepare Litigant for Ebor glory were other highlights of last year’s terrific …[Read More]

York Ebor Festival

APPARENTLY York is known as the “Ascot of the North”. Racing folk might want to rethink that after this week’s Ebor Festival, which promises to be every bit as good, if not better, than June’s royal meeting in Berkshire. In fact, the quality of the equine talent galloping down the Knavesmire might see Ascot being …[Read More]

Daily Double July 24

SEAMOUR (2.55 Ascot), as regular readers may know by now, is something of a favourite of this blog. He ran a blinder from a horror draw in the Northumberland Plate and was beaten only two lengths. Today he goes in the Brown Jack Handicap at Ascot and I think he’ll gain compensation. The heavens are …[Read More]

Daily Double June 27

IT’S Derby Day. There’s the Irish Derby, the Greyhound Derby and the big one… the Pitmen’s Derby at Newcastle. The Northumberland Plate has been run on turf since 1833 but today is the last one on grass. The controversial move to dig up Gosforth Park and create a northern all-weather track has divided opinion with …[Read More]