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Live chance to end the Royal meeting on a high

23 Jun 2017

I will always remember Thursday 22nd June 2017 as the day I rode my first Royal Ascot winner. As you could see I was pretty thrilled to get that monkey off my back aboard Benbatl – even though I might have gone slightly over board with my victory celebrations! I was also over the moon for Sheikh Fahad and all the Qatar Racing team to get on the board with Bless Him. What a great day!

Moving to Saturday there’s a few more chances for me to add to the score sheet. In the opening Chesham Stakes I get the leg-up on We Are The World for Archie Watson, who is doing really well in his first season training. I have been riding work on him and we think that he will definitely get further after shaping well enough on his debut when third at Redcar.

I would have been fairly sweet on the chances of Elbereth in the Wolferton had she not been drawn so badly out wide (stall 16 of 16 runners). She comes into the race on the back of a career-best effort to finish fourth in the Coronation Cup and certainly has chances if I can get her into the mix early from that draw.

Chemical Charge has to improve on the figures to feature in the Group 2 Hardwicke Stakes but we’re hopeful that he could run a big race if on a going day.

Unfortunately I don’t have a ride in the Diamond Jubilee as David (Probert) is reunited with Dancing Star (I rode her last time but he was aboard for all four of her victories last year). Readers of this blog will know that I’m a big fan of Limato and with him being the pick of Ryan Moore, I think he’ll bounce back from Meydan and should win.

Tom Fanshawe has raving about The Tin Man’s recent homework but the question mark with him is whether the ground will be riding a touch too fast.

I rode Polybius out in Dubai and am back on him for the cavalry charge Wokingham Handicap. Obviously we will need a lot of luck in running and I’m not sure we’re now the best drawn on the stands’ rail. He’s a hold-up performer, though, and the race should suit him.

In the beautiful last I ride my Chester Cup hero, Montaly. All he does is stay and he goes there with a live chance of ending the Royal meeting on a high!