Trueshan’s day of destiny is almost here
We are advised not to make future plans for anything during Covid-19, but nobody had heard of the killer virus last October, when Alan first mentioned the Tote Ebor Handicap as a long-objective for the fast improving Trueshan, and tomorrow the Barbury Lions (5) hope to see that dream become reality.
Reflecting on that romp in the Old Rowley Cup at Newmarket last year, Alan said:”Everyone was impressed, not least the handicapper who hiked up Trueshan 10lb, but he has progressed in every run. He started this season off 109, having won four races last year, and, thankfully, he is still on that mark.
“Trueshan is definitely suited by some cut in the ground, so I’d be delighted if York got a bit more rain. The ground would only just have been slow enough when he finished fourth at Newmarket on his seasonal reappearance, and he then came from some way back to win in Listed company at Haydock. He is very progressive and this has been the plan all year, so fingers crossed.”
We also run Scarlet Dragon in the race, and I was very impressed how relaxed this Royal Ascot winner looked after he completed his regular solo exercise earlier in the week. Part-owner Henry Ponsonby said:”Scarlet Dragon has never won over further than a mile and a half on the Flat, but he gets two miles over hurdles and is suited by a fast pace. He ought to get that here and he has the quality to maybe finish in the money.”
The Ebor is not the only big handicap at this meeting which carries prestige. The Melrose is also a hugely competitive race for the three-year-old stayers, and we run Midnights Legacy, who is on a four-timer, his only defeat being inflicted on his debut at Bath last year when he showed plenty of promise.
Alan said:”Midnights Legacy is a grand colt who has won both his races at Haydock this season. They came just three weeks apart, and I feel he was a bit flat for the second win off a 7lb higher mark. Easy ground also suits him and, though he’s up another 2lb, I think he can improve again for going up in trip.”
Our other York runner on the final day is Beringer in the G3 Strensall Stakes. “He’s been a star for us, and, having bumped into this year’s Prince of Wales Stakes winner Lord North in the Cambridgeshire last back-end, he made a belated return when running Dark Vision to a neck in a Listed race at Pontefract. He’s in real good form, but these Group 3’s are very hard to win with.”
Indeed they are Alan, but surely the bookmakers have over-reacted in making Beringer almost three times the price of Dark Vision even though they meet on level terms. We shall see …….