Jamie Spencer looks ahead to the top class action on Ladies Day
The Great War will be very hard to beat. They really like him at Ballydoyle. He’s had two runs, won easily both times, looked good doing it and the sire has a very good record at the track. Mind Of Madness runs again but he got very upset in the stalls on Tuesday so will just have to see how he goes. I ride Ahlan Emarati. He won his maiden at Bath but he’s got a lot to find. Frankie Dettori rides Baitha Alga who won at Epsom but that race has a terrible record for horses then winning at Royal Ascot.
I ride Obliterator and he’s got a chance if he runs like he did on his reappearance at Newmarket. He wears a tounge-tie which will be a big help for him and it’s not the strongest of races. He has the highest rating and should get the trip well. He’s trained by Ger Lyons who recommended we buy Cappella Sansevero on Monday. The trainer is convinced he’s a Group 1 horse and his brilliant second in the Coventry suggest he may well be right!
I ride Inchila who came fourth in the Oaks. It’s been ten years since a horse ran in the Oaks and then won the Ribblesdale, but in fairness not many have tried it of late apart from a few of Aidan’s. She didn’t have that hard a race in the Oaks because she wasn’t in the war six furlongs out, it turned into a three furling sprint up the straight. Yes she did cover a mile and a half to the start and a mile and a half back, but I didn’t think she was exhausted after the race and because I got tight for room I didn’t even hit her so hopefully that will all play well for her chance today. She’s the highest rated, she has the best form, the French filly Vazira has been running well this spring but I’d like to think my filly will be very hard to beat. She’s got a great turn of foot which is what you need for Ascot and she travels strongly.
I think Estimate will go well. Apparently she worked very well on the July course the other day. Obviously Leading Light has track form, he’s won a St Leger, he’s won his trial. Everything points to him but he’s got an outside draw which won’t help. It will be interesting to see how the race pans out but Estimate, she’s been here and done it. There’s a big difference between two miles and two and half miles, so getting the trip is critical. They are the main two. I think the ground will be too quick for Tac De Boistron. Altano would probably like a bit more juice in the ground too.
I think William Haggas will win this with Blimbi down the bottom of the handicap. He ran in the good race at Haydock, the Silver Bowl, and he ended up making the running and I’d say that was the wrong thing. I’d be very surprised if they ride him that way today. I think they’ll be more patient and he has a good chance. He still looks well handicapped off 90.
King George V
I ride Captain Morley in this. He was owned by Dr Marwan Koukash but I told Sheikh Fahad that I wanted him. He’s the type of horse we were looking for, to run over two miles, and the type who will make a nice four year old. He stays really well and is by Hernando, and his offspring always improve with age. David Simcock is brilliant at bringing horses on. They improve and improve and improve. Today he’s drawn 22 and it’s not going to be easy. If you go forward you end up doing too much too soon, and if you take back and go over to the rail you need enough luck to win the Euro Millions to get through. Hopefully he’ll get a bit of luck and run well. I thought Personal Opinion would be the one to beat. William Buick rides him and he has a nice draw.