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Kameko still in the Derby picture

12 Jun 2020

Kameko

What a thrill to win the QIPCO 2000 Guineas on such a good horse. It would obviously have been even better in front of a packed crowd, but when it was just me and him passing the winning post in front it was pure exhilaration. I was just so pleased for the horse, for everyone at Andrew Balding’s yard, for Sheikh Fahad and everyone at Qatar Racing.

Since I was a child I dreamed of winning a Classic. There have been massive steps along the way, from my first winner to being Champion Apprentice, from my first Group winner to first Group One, from being Champion Jockey to winning a Classic. There’s been no time for celebration for me, personally. I was talking about Kameko on BBC News early on Sunday morning, I had 10 rides on Sunday and then eight more on Monday. It’s been full on, but it’s that time of year and I love it.

I don’t know if Kameko will run in the Derby. He has so much pace, which gives you doubts over his ability to stay the Derby trip. But then on the other hand he relaxes so well in his races that he’s going to give himself a very good chance of getting it. Perhaps a lot will depend on the pace of the race.

With the Coral-Eclipse not open to three-year-olds this year the Derby becomes even more likely. If Sandown was an option maybe he would’ve gone straight there, it certainly worked out well for Roaring Lion in the Eclipse.

It’s just great to have these options with such a wonderful horse, one who won the Guineas thanks to his class but also his tenacity. He did extremely well to get up having being behind a furlong out.

Horse To Follow:

The half-brother to Teofilo, Future Vision for Saeed bin Suroor. He’s another Dark Angel and he’s a gorgeous horse with loads of size and strength.  He was a little bit slow out of the stalls at Newmarket and then I was on the back foot, the front runners got away from us. He was babyish but he will come on for that and he’s one to keep an eye on.