Angus McNae's Racing UK Blog
|Saturday 22nd August 2015|
Be Brave and side with Warrior in Ebor
I don't mind admitting that this year’s Ebor meeting has been a tough one for me.
All would have been well if the ground had been faster and Acapulco had sauntered to an easy Nunthorpe win, but ifs and buts are not pots and pans and today we need to move on. There is no better man to move on with than Willie Mullins.
Not content with dominating the Jumps racing scene he is quietly turning his attention to the Flat and judged by Max Dynamite’s win in the Lonsdale Cup he has clearly got the hang of this Flat racing game and I think we will get further proof of his talent today.
He runs two in the Betfred Ebor and I will be backing them both. Clondaw Warrior is his first string and looks to have outstanding claims. On his last two starts he won over two and a half miles at Royal Ascot and the over 12 furlongs at Galway.
He will be ideally suited by the 14 furlongs of today's trip and gets leading jockey at the meeting Frankie Dettori in the saddle.
Mullins is in tremendous form generally as well, in the last two weeks he has had nine winners from 21 runners. Clondaw looks certain to go well and should be backed at 6-1.
I will be saving on the other Mullins runner in Wicklow Brave. He palpably failed to stay 2 miles five furlongs at Royal Ascot, but now returned to his best trip of 14 furlongs he could easily run into a place at least. His County Hurdle win at the Cheltenham Festival was really impressive because there was ease in the ground and he got a really good pace to run at. Both of those elements are in place today, which makes Wicklow Brave a decent each way bet at 11-1.
Angus McNae York Ebor Saturday tips:
3.45 York: Clondaw Warrior at 6-1 generally available
3.45 York: Wicklow Brave each-way at 11-1 generally available