Newbury is braced for Brexit – a runner in the 6.10 on Thursday
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By Mark Scully 12:41PM 22 JUN 2016
BREXIT – is it a good thing? We will find out in the 6.10 at Newbury on Thursday.
On the day Britain heads to the polls to decide whether to remain as part of the European Union or leave it, Brexit, a once-raced two-year-old daughter of Bahamian Bounty, will bid to make her voice heard in a 6f novice auction fillies’ stakes.
Fittingly, among her 12 rivals will be Cautious Choice and Brexit’s trainer Pat Phelan revealed her owner had instructed him to get her ready for Thursday.
“The boss [owner Tony Smith and The Undecided] is politically aware and had this name picked out from a long way off,” said Phelan. “When the whole ‘Brexit’ thing came out he thought it would be a great name for a racehorse.
“I’m not so sure it reflects a political persuasion – it is more about having a name that would be topical at a particular time. I had instructions to have her ready for Thursday and hopefully I have got that much right.”
Assessing her chances of scoring a topical victory, Phelan added: “Brexit has come out of Windsor well. She ran very well and an auction novice is about her standard.
“I would be hopeful of a good run, but the ground is a bit of an unknown.”
What price the double?
The polls have Thursday’s referendum being too close to call but the chances of Brexit the horse achieving the desired result are slimmer than the leave vote prevailing.
Paddy Power rate the filly a 20-1 chance, while a winning Brexit double will pay 100-1. Brexit to win her race and Britain to vote to remain, meanwhile, is priced up at 33-1.
The firm is offering 1-4 for Vote Leave to fail in their quest to get Britain to leave the EU, while they rate the chances of Brexit failing to leave the stalls at 33-1.
Paddy Power said: “We’re not horsing around with this one – we think Brexit has a chance after her Windsor run and with Britain set for the polls we’ve seen a surge in interest and a fair few quid lumped on the filly.”