Bryan Smart's Moviesta eyes Ebor glory bid

Moviesta triumphs at Goodwood last year

Moviesta triumphs at Goodwood last year

First published in Sport

BRYAN SMART is dreaming that Moviesta can be picture perfect this time at the Welcome To Yorkshire Ebor Festival.

The Sutton Bank trainer has the four-year-old, part owned by Queens Park Rangers boss Harry Redknapp, in line for another shot at the fastest race of the four-day extravaganza - the £265,000 Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes next Friday.

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

Moviesta went to the Nunthorpe 12 months ago on the back of a stunning victory in the Group 2 King George Stakes at Glorious Goodwood.

But he finished last in York’s famous dash and has not been on song earlier this season - disappointing in the Duke of York Stakes on Knavesmire and the Darley July Cup at Newmarket.

Smart believes, however, that he is starting to return to form and he was a slightly unlucky third to Take Cover when defending his crown at Goodwood.

The trainer was pleased with that run, saying: “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.”

Smart is also looking forward to running unbeaten juvenile Fendale in the £200,000 Irish Thoroughbred Marketing Gimcrack Stakes on the final day of the festival on Saturday.

The son of Exceed And Excel has won both his starts to date, a maiden at Beverley and a conditions race at Musselburgh.

Smart added: “Fendale is a nice colt and the plan is to run in the Gimcrack.”

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