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Hoping to drive Coltrane to Cesarewitch glory

9 Oct 2020

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I’ve some good mounts at Newmarket on Saturday so fingers crossed I can get some more winners on the board and keep up the pressure in the jockeys’ championship.

Wobwobwob – 1.10 Newmarket

A breeze-up filly, she’s run over a variety of distances and steps back up to seven furlongs in the Dubai Nursery Handicap. I actually think she’s badly handicapped, but I suppose she might’ve run into one that was very well handicapped last time. Hopefully she’ll run well, Adrian Keatley does very well with his small string.

Recovery Run – 1.45 Newmarket

He’ll improve for stepping up to 10 furlongs in the Zetland Stakes, he’s a son of Nathaniel. He’s not particularly highly-rated, but none of them are. I thought Lone Eagle of Martyn Meade’s might improve for the step up in trip as well, I rode him at Goodwood in August. We ran Berkshire Rocco in this race last year and he went from strength to strength, so hopefully it will be a nice port of call for this horse, too.

Maximal – 2.20 Newmarket

It’s great to get on Maximal in the Group Three Autumn Stakes for Sir Michael Stoute and Juddmonte. He’s obviously highly thought of having gone off favourite on all three starts. He bolted up at Sandown last time and, while the opposition could be quite hot, I’m looking forward to riding this half-brother to Jubiloso.

Tactical – 2.55 Newmarket

The Group One Darley Dewhurst Stakes looks tough with some top juveniles amongst a big field. Fivethousandtoone deserves to go off as one of the favourites, we’ve always thought a lot of this horse and I think he’ll improve from his Mill Reef run. I’m back on Tactical for the Queen and he’s had a very consistent season. He got a bit stuck in the mud on bottomless ground at Deauville but I wouldn’t expect conditions to be as testing at Newmarket and he could improve going up a furlong.

Coltrane – 3.35 Newmarket

I’m not too worried about Coltrane’s stall of 34 in the Cesarewitch. He falls out of the stalls anyway, so at least I won’t get stuck behind traffic immediately. It would be nice to jump as well as I can and give me the opportunity to sit where I’m comfortable. I have a high opinion of this horse, I still think he’s well-handicapped and he’ll be a deserved favourite. There are loads to fear, obviously, it’s a cavalry charge, but you can never rule out the jumps trainers in this race and Leoncavallo has been in good form for David Pipe, so he’d be one of the main dangers to my fellow.

Sunday Star – 4.15 Newmarket

Sunday Star goes in the Listed race over six furlongs and she’s highly-rated. I’m please Ed Walker has put me on her instead of Maygold, William Buick is on her. My filly ran quite well at Baden-Baden last time out and she has form on the Rowley Mile, so I’m hopeful she’ll go well.

Darain – 4.50 Newmarket

We don’t know about Darain on slow ground but you certainly think he’d handle it judging by his breeding. It’s a competitive Group Three over nine furlongs, he’s got blinkers on for the first time, we just need to know where we are with him going into his four-year-old career. It’d be nice to round off his three-year-old campaign on a high note, he’s obviously beautifully bred and he drops down three furlongs in trip from his Voltigeur run, so we’re going to learn plenty either way.