Bring me my Spear in the Lockinge
19 May 2017
I’ll be aboard Lightning Spear for the Al Shaqab Lockinge on Saturday. He ran a career best on his final start last year and we cannot wait to get a run into him at Newbury. There’s more to come from him this year I’m sure, and we’ll see on Saturday where he’s at. The ground doesn’t inconvenience him as much as it did before, so that’s not too much of a concern. Earlier in his career he needed really fast ground, but I’ve rode him when there’s been a bit of cut on a few occasions and he’s handled it. Hopefully Newbury won’t go too soft, personally I’d be happy with good ground there, and I think so would everyone else including Hugo Palmer with Galileo Gold.
It looks quite a deep race with, as mentioned Galileo Gold, and also Aidan O’Brien‘ Somehow who won really well at Chester last week. However, I’m very happy with my guy, he goes well fresh and I certainly wouldn’t swap him for anything else in the race.
A quick word about Mirage Dancer. His excellent 4th over at Chester got plenty of people excited, and he’s in the Investec Derby picture. Sir Michael Stoute instructed me to come off the pace with him, and he ran on extremely well. I think the horse learnt plenty for that outing and he didn’t have a hard race. We’re all hopeful he’ll go onto bigger and better things over time. What his target is, for now, I’m not sure. But obviously I’d be very keen to be back on him again.
Horse to Follow: Mucho Applause
He runs in the London Gold Cup at Newbury’s Lockinge Day tomorrow. Going into this race there’s a lot of positives: He looks a smart horse, and from what I’ve seen at home he’s working very, very well at the moment. He’s got a lightweight, plus whatever the ground turns out to be won’t be an inconvenience.
Even though I’m not sure how strong the form is of his latest Sandown run, he was almost certainly the horse to take out of that race. If I can time it right on Saturday he can run very well.