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Where next for pacey Kameko?

7 Aug 2020

To start this blog off a positive note, hats off to QIPCO for the announcement regarding prize-money on British Champions Day

. Prize money has been slashed everywhere and it was always going to be down, but it remains the richest day in British racing with £2.5million available.

It’s really positive anyway and I’m sure lots of top horses will show up.

Fork in the road for Kameko

I’ve obviously had more time to reflect on Glorious Goodwood and the Qatar Sussex Stakes in particular – which I touched upon last week in the immediate aftermath of the race.

It was one of those things that happens in racing. I’d love to have been drawn seven and not down on the inside but there you go, I can’t go back in time.

Thankfully, the horse is in great shape since – he’s absolutely bouncing.

A mile and a quarter might suit him well but he’s shown a lot of pace too, especially when winning the Guineas. I think he’s comfortable going a mile but might go a mile and a quarter later on.

I’m going to ride him this Saturday, then the whole team – Sheikh Fahad, Andrew Balding, David Redvers and I – will speak after that. That will probably determine whether we stick to the mile route or aim the horse at the Juddmonte International at York.

Of course I’d love to have another shot at Mohaather. But don’t forget Kameko really wants fast ground so it would be lovely if we ended up having some luck with the weather come October.

Weekend Rides

I’m at Ascot on Saturday where I’m hopeful of a couple of winners and it’ll be great if I can head there after a successful trip to Sandown where I’m on Enemy again.

He’s not quite lived up to expectations and it was very annoying he was beaten last time out. I’m not sure how I’ll ride him but I’d hoped he was going to be a very good horse and John Gosden is very happy with him.

He’ll progress in time but we’d like to see him go and win soon – hopefully it’s at Sandown on Friday.

Spirit Mixer

We’re really pleased with this fella and while he’s going to improve a lot from his first run but his work has been nice. He’s still quite babyish but he’s in the right sort of race and we’re hoping he can go well. He’s not as sharp as his dam and he’s a horse who is likely to go on and stay well in the future.

Chil Chil

King Power have been good to me. I rode three Group winners for them last year and it would be nice to get back on the scoresheet in the blue and white silks here. She would have improved from Bath as she had a long absence before that. She’s training well and I think she might have a favourite’s chance here.

Cap Francais

He’s pattern-placed and has a touch of class. He’s a big Frankel and won well with Andrea (Atzeni) on at Haydock two starts ago. I will probably try and ride him like he did and he’s not out of things in this race at all.

Diocletian

I didn’t feel Sandown went well last time as he jumped slowly and got behind, from which point I was struggling. He needs to relax and for things to drop right.

Medal Winner

It’s nice to see the top ones didn’t declare and the weights have gone up 4lb from the initial entries. He was a bit disappointing at Ayr but wants decent ground. I’ve a high opinion of the horse and I’d have thought he’ll be there or thereabouts.

Bronze River

He won twice on the all-weather but hasn’t clicked on turf yet. He’s a bit funny as he pulls hard to post then doesn’t pull in the race but he’s capable. Andrew’s horses are healthy and running well, they’re just not winning at the moment. But it will definitely turn around.

Daschas

I think we bumped into a progressive horse in Wonderwork at Windsor last time. Andrea bagged the rail, went quickly and didn’t stop. Daschas is well treated, clearly fit and ready, and I’d rate him as my best Saturday ride.