Unibet HendersonUnibet Ambassadors and jockeys, Luke Morris and Jamie Spencer discuss their rides on day 2 of York’s Dante Meeting

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LUKE MORRIS


1.50pm MATCHBOOK EXCHANGE HANDICAP


Cowboy Soldier

I said in this column before he ran at Kempton last month that Robert thought a lot of him and he came into that race in good form, but I must admit that I was a bit surprised by the manner of his win.

Obviously, he went off as one of the outsiders there but the way he got himself into a good position from his outside draw and quickened up well to win the race late on, must augur very well for the season ahead. Clearly, this is a much different test and he went up 6lb for that success, but the runner-up won at Goodwood next time and we know he can handle good ground on turf. He is a 4yo with few miles on the clock, so I hope he can still be competitive. I think he is the most progressive horse in the race but the drying ground would be a slight concern.


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JAMIE SPENCER


2.25pm MIDDLETON STAKES


Mrs Sippy

A few of David’s have run well of late but I think it is fair to say they have yet to really catch fire. But Mrs Sippy comes into this race in good nick and she chased home Sea Of Class on quick ground first-time-up over 1m2f at Newbury last season, so she can go well when fresh and perform at the trip.

She developed into a very smart filly throughout the season, winning her Listed race in France and just getting touched off on her final start, and you would hope she can continue to progress at four. I have ridden her once this season, and she seems well, but we haven’t been on grass a lot, so her fitness has to be taken on trust to a fair degree, though.

Ideally she may need further as well, and you have to think that Lah Ti Dar takes all the beating here if anywhere near straight, even though she will probably want further, too. But I’ll be disappointed if my filly isn’t rated a fair bit higher by the end of the season as we have been patient with her.


3.35pm HAMBLETON HANDICAP


Bless Him

A mile on quick ground are his optimum conditions and he didn’t run badly when third here in July. He has dropped down to a decent mark again, just 5lb higher than when winning the Britannia for me in 2017 – I actually haven’t sat on him since, on track or at home - and hopefully a gelding operation has helped him, too. But you can probably expect him to be a fair bit better for the run.


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