Friday brought with it arguably two of the most impressive performances at the Ebor Festival so far, and for trainers that often don’t get the credit they deserve. Roger Varian shoved away any doubt over his stable’s fitness and form with another tidy winner in the opener in the shape of Barsanti. Quest For More won from the front under a brilliant ride from George Baker, landing the Group 2 Lonsdale Cup for Roger Charlton. Rivet was a cosy winner of the 2YO Maiden race that traditionally throws up plenty of decent types, and William Haggas is hopeful Rivet is just that.
3 05 NEMORALIA (J Noseda) 15/8, Group 3, 7F, Good
Nemoralia travelled wonderfully through the early stages of the race and was kept out of any potential trouble. However, as soon as Jamie Spencer wished to sharpen her up she very willingly opened up and blew clear of the field, once again demonstrating her incredible turn of foot. The race was well and truly over at this point and only late charges from Jallota and So Beloved reduced the winning margin on paper. She is a Group One filly for sure and and made light work of this Group Three field. The Park Stakes looks the ideal race at Doncaster, before the ultimate target of some big Grade One races in the US. She is a lovely filly with a serious turn of foot that is so devastating over these middle distances.
3 40 MECCA’S ANGEL (M Dods) 9/2, Group 1, 5F, Good
She’s gone and done it again and what a way to bring up the double. Only Limato could live with her speed and even Henry Candy’s star never looked like getting past. She is a horse all about speed and she just missed out on a course record at the York track. This win shows that she can’t just do it with cut in the ground and Michael Dods has done a top job getting her back after a very slow and worrying start to the season at Royal Ascot. The Group 1 sprint at Champions Day could be the perfect way to prove this was only a blip in what undoubtedly will be a hot field, and to prove she is the best in training over the minimum trip. She is a star in her own right and her win in the Nunthorpe really blew you away, even more so than last year’s success.