Smart team on course for Ebor festival


Bryan Smart: set to field a strong team at the York showpiece next week

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LOCAL trainer Bryan Smart is set to field a strong team at next week’s Welcome To Yorkshire Ebor festival, spearheaded by high-class sprinter Moviesta in Friday’s Group 1 Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes.

The four-year-old, who is part-owned by Queens Park Rangers boss Harry Redknapp, disappointed when failing to beat a rival home in the contest last year, but he had previously confirmed himself an excellent prospect by landing the Group 2 King George Stakes at Glorious Goodwood.

Two below-par efforts this season were put firmly on the back burner as Moviesta finished a half-length third in a bid to retain his crown at Goodwood, and Smart is confident ahead of next week’s assignment.

He said: “Moviesta is really well. We are heading to the Nunthorpe and I am very happy with him.

“He ran really well at Goodwood and he has been in terrific form since. Fingers crossed for a clear run between now and next Friday.”

The Hambleton-based trainer is also set to saddle She’s A Worldie in the Group 2 Pinsent Masons Lowther Stakes on the Thursday, while unbeaten juvenile Fendale could make his first foray in Pattern company by tackling the £200,000 Group 2 Irish Thoroughbred Marketing Gimcrack Stakes on the Saturday.

Promising two-year-old Golden Spun is another with the Knavesmire in his sights, but any victory would appease Smart.

“I’m a Yorkshireman so to go to the Ebor Meeting with some good chances is what it’s all about,” he said. “To get a winner is the dream.”


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