JOCKEY David Egan will return to superstar Mishriff in the Group 1 Qipco Champion Bets at Ascot on Saturday, warming up with three drives north to Redcar for the big day.
Egan pocketed £750,000 and splashed the money on a flashy Audi RS7 after landing the mega-rich Saudia Cup on John and Thady Gosden’s ration in Riyadh in February.
The young Irish driver should therefore have no problem getting to Redcar in time for Friday’s meeting and will have a good chance of winning his opening. flash betty, who made the long trip from Mick Channon’s Berkshire barn.
Having scored two all-weather goals at Lingfield and Wolverhampton earlier in the season, Flash Betty raced well to finish third in the Pontefract nursery last time.
Egan meets with North Yorkshire handler Les Eyre at the newcomer flamboyant bear The EBF Beginner Stakes are Back in the second round of the Yorkshire Jumping Race. Sunday will be the best guide, but among the contenders, Mark Johnston’s Bailey’s Accolade appears to be the most likely winner, having formed well enough on his third appearance at Yarmouth.
Egan’s third journey begins Liberation Point For Mick Appleby at the Sam Hall Memorial Handicap. The annual race commemorates the great Yorkshire coach who has amassed more than 1,000 winners over an illustrious career with many achievements, including four Zetland Gold Cups at Redcar.
Besides disappointing on heavy ground at Leicester last time, Liberation Point was consistently late with two seconds at Pontefract and a win at Ripon.
Kieran Shoemark is another young jockey who’s had a good season, battling drug and alcohol addiction, and a welcome visitor to the Redcar weighing room.
Shoemark will also ride on Champions Day at Ascot, specifically Group One protagonist Lady Bowthorpe, and the jockey will have a compelling driving book in Redcar.
His best shot seems clear ohekawas trained at Newmarket by William Haggas, who has a strong stroke rate on the Redcar. Running in the colors of Qatar Racing, the Kodiac filly has shown obvious promise on its two trips to Newmarket so far, and Market Cross Jewelers British EBF Fillies’ Beginners are seizing the opportunity to lose their first tag.
Shoemark also looks to have a solid shot at part one of the Yorkshire Jump Racing Is Back EBF Beginner Stakes when he partners with Bell Shot, who has made the long journey from Charlie Hills’ Lambourn base.
County Durham coach Michael Dods, who has reached 50 points for the season, has had a frustrating time in recent weeks, but Stallone He can play a leading role in Best Flat Races Live On Racing TV Handicap.
Running in Dods Racing Club colours, geling finished second in his last three runs and deserves a head start.
The five-year-old competed eagerly in his final start after just a neck beating in Leicester and, with eyeshadows fitted to help him sit down, looks confident he’ll give another good account with the mighty help of Connor Beasley in the saddle.
Malton coach Nigel Tinkler has done well at Redcar this season and may have another hit. Bekir Every Race Live Ten Race TV Beginner goes to the mail for Bets. Another Kodiac mare was impressive when she won at Kempton in January when she was trained by John Ferguson. If he’s off the track since then but returns in the same form, he’ll be hit hard.
Lambourn coach Archie Watson is no stranger to the Redcar winner’s circle, and he appears to have a strong hand in the handicap for female amateur jockeys at the end.
Published by just seven-pound claimant Taryn Langley, Brave has solid claims, but One Will Go — printed by the trainer’s fiancee, Brodie Hampson — seems to be the choice. The castration just failed, as Hampson slowly drifted away last time in Ayr.