Hoping for a Priceless weekend!
30 Sep 2016
On Saturday I have a busy day ahead, with five rides at Ascot before moving on to Wolverhampton for three on their evening card.
I need to keep motoring, though, as I’m currently fifth in the Stobart Jockeys’ Championship and hopefully I will be able to keep up the momentum as I have Luke Morris snapping at my heels!
The horse I’m probably most looking forward to riding is Priceless in the listed sprint at Ascot (4.15). She won nicely at Doncaster last time and the drop to five furlongs will suit very well. Her form has been rock solid this summer and she has a really good chance.
The Cumberland Lodge (2.30) looks a very competitive renewal and it’s not going to be easy for Sumbal. He seems to have been working really nicely at David Simcock’s, though, and we’re still learning with him. Dungannon look interesting in the closing race at Ascot, so much so that he’s featured as my Horse to Follow this week!
Saturday’s feature race is the Sun Chariot at Newmarket and I think Alice Springs will take all the beating. Her form is rock solid and I was really impressed with her last time at Leopardstown, where she came wide and proved herself a top-class filly. Of her main dangers, Ervedya has not been at her best this year and Volta has it to prove.
I will be watching all the action from France on Sunday to see how some of the stars of the Champions Series get on at Chantilly. Postponed is the horse of a lifetime and a worthy favourite in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, but I’m a huge fan of Found and she put up a career-best effort at Leopardstown last time. Races don’t get much stronger than that Irish Champions Stakes and maybe this time she will get her head in front.
The Prix Jean-Luc Lagadere is a race that Aidan O’Brien tends to dominate and I expect that to be the case again this year, with Ryan Moore partnering Whitecliffsofdover. The fillies So Mi Dar (Prix de l’Opera) and Mecca’s Angel (Prix de l’Abbaye) should both take some beating in their respective races. I also can’t see Limato being beaten in the Foret over seven furlongs. The trip around a bend will be no problem for him and if he makes a clean break this time, he’ll kill them. I’d love to say that I’ve sat on him recently but Harry’s married to him!
I love this time of year as you’re getting plenty of decent horses for the future starting to make their debuts and we have lots of maidens to look forward to over the coming week. Melodic Motion and Star Story are two that I like in particular and they are both entered at Kempton on Tuesday night.
Also for any Litigant fans out there I can report that Joe Tuite and the team are very happy with him and it’s all systems go for Champions Day in two weeks. I see him most mornings as they take him to the swimming pool every day and he had a little racecourse gallop at Kempton last week just like he did before he won the Ebor.
Horse to Follow – DUNGANNON
He’s back down to a mark from which he can be competitive and tends to come good at this time of year. He’s an old star and I get on well with him. I wouldn’t be surprised if Andrew has him 110%.