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He wouldn’t be a 33/1 chance on his homework!

18 Aug 2015

We’re over halfway into August and I’m glad to say that things have started picking up again. I’ve had a treble at Lingfield and a double at Ffos Las and am just back from a Deauville raid with Lightning Spear.

Oisin partnering Intransigent to success in a big Ascot handicap last autumn. Can they notch up another success at York? Image copyright of Racingfotos.com

We’re over halfway into August and I’m glad to say that things have started picking up again. I’ve had a treble at Lingfield and a double at Ffos Las and am just back from a Deauville raid with Lightning Spear. I was a bit disappointed immediately after the race (Prix Jacque le Marois) as we got nabbed on the line for third. Obviously we were delighted with him, though, as we had a fair few Group 1 winners behind and it’s been really exciting to have built a partnership with a horse performing so well at a high level.

Onwards to York now – though I’m actually at Ffos Las on the first day as I have a book of six decent rides there. The one that I am most looking forward to is Clive Cox’s Lightsome in the opening maiden. She’s a Makfi filly who has been going really well at home and I hope she wins!

Hopefully, I can nick a winner or two there to catapult me into York. The Ebor Festival is a great meeting – a brilliant track to ride and a great atmosphere. This is really is Royal Ascot for the northern trainers and I’d love to ride a winner there during the week!

I partner Continental Lady in the Lowther Stakes on Thursday and I was really impressed with her Leicester maiden win. She travelled strongly, picked up well and then just idled in front. Her trainer David Brown is very confident about her chances though it’s not going to be an easy task against some of these fillies such as Besharah and Lumiere.

Queen Catrine is Group 1 placed but very in and out and it all depends what mood she’s in for her chance in the closing handicap that day.

On Friday I ride Intransigent in the listed City of York Stakes – a race I won last year aboard Absolutely So. He seems to come good around this time of year and only does his winning from Autumn time. I have to say that he holds a special place in my heart and fingers crossed he can begin his winning streak here!

In the Nunthorpe it very much depends on what the weather does up in Yorkshire. If they have a downpour I’ll definitely be on Pearl Secret, though if not he probably won’t take his chance and I will be on Wind Fire. Acapulco looks very well-in with her allowances on 7-12, though, and Coolmore have to be commended for their very sporting decision to run her.  It really does bring a fascinating extra dimension to the race.

I’m exciting about getting on Litigant in the Ebor Handicap on Saturday. He’s had his problems and wouldn’t want it too fast – but Joseph Tuite seems to have got him back and he wouldn’t be a 33/1 chance on his homework.

If it comes up Good To Soft I’ll be the happiest man in York but I’d say that my best chance of the week would have to be Lightning Spear. He’s been freshened up since his last run in France and will surely go close in the mile and a quarter handicap on Saturday.

Also before I go I have to tell you about La Rioja. I was at Henry Candy’s the other morning and Kevin Darley rode work on her. She absolutely flew and although I’m not sure yet what her next target will be yet, Mr Candy and the team are extremely pleased with her. I just hope that it will be me on board!