Racing will hopefully pay homage to the equine superstar that is Frankel at York today.
I am slightly nervous about him trying 1m 2f for the first time but a part of me is expecting him to devour the extra distance and produce something special. Let’s hope so.
The Juddmonte International is not a betting proposition: it is a race to savour as Frankel may only have a couple of more runs before he takes up stud duties.
But if you do fancy a flutter then anybody looking for value should be thinking about an each-way punt, especially as there are nine runners and two of them are pacemakers.
Sir Henry Cecil also runs Twice Over, who won this race last year, and he looks outstanding each-way value. He is as high as 20/1 at the time of writing and with conditions likely to be in his favour that is tremendous value.
Elsewhere on day one of the Ebor meeting, finding winners might be tricky. The opening handicap looks like a lottery. The best advice is to hold on to your cash but if a gun was put to my head then Chunky Diamond might be worth an each-way look. He’ll like the ground and hinted at a return to form last time.
The strapping Ebn Arab made a winning debut over course and distance and should be hard to beat in the Acomb Stakes, although Dundonnell also looked very useful last time.
In the Great Voltigeur, you could throw a blanket over the six runners although it would be great to see Frankel’s brother Noble Mission follow up his Glorious Goodwood victory.
Triumph Hurdle winner Countrywide Flame has been well backed for the 4.15 and looks well handicapped on his return to the flat while in the last Sir John Hawkwood looks to have more scope than the others and looks very interesting under Ryan Moore.
But whatever happens, just sit back and enjoy one of the greatest horses ever to grace our racecourses.,