Spirit Of Bermuda returns from 40-day break as 7-2 favourite in fillies’ handicap at York
Spirit Of Bermuda is back in action today at York Racecourse hoping to put behind her a frustrating run of unfulfilled engagements.
The three-year-old filly owned by Bermuda Racing Ltd was meant to race in the South of France after her impressive win at Newmarket on July 10, and then at Glorious Goodwood when that fell through, but the restrictive Covid-19 quarantine protocols for travellers from France and unfavourable soft ground at Goodwood meant Spirit Of Bermuda’s period of inactivity has been extended to 40 days.
Nevertheless, handlers think she is well up for the British Stallion Studs EBF Fillies’ Handicap over seven furlongs — and, significantly, the punters believe so, too, as she has been made a 7-2 betting favourite (4-1 in places) by bookmakers who are taking no chances after she swooped home at odds of 12-1 last time out.
The Class 2 race, which is worth ₤36,078 to the winner, is expected to be run on good ground, with Spirit Of Bermuda also gaining the benefit of a high draw in stall 12.
Up 3lb in the weights for that three-quarter length win at Newmarket, she renews acquaintances with Rising Star and Star Of Emeraaty, both seen as progressive fillies, and will have Tom Marquand on board again in pursuit of a hat-trick of wins.
Bermuda Racing principal Simon Scupham has hinted at a declaration in a Group 3 race at the prestigious St Leger Festival at Doncaster next month if Spirit Of Bermuda sustains her form.
Post time at York today is 1.20pm AST.