Perfect mix of Speed and Stamina at York
24 Aug 2017
Well, you had to be impressed with Ulysses’xstacebyzdxdubqev victory in the Juddmonte International yesterday – and amazingly I actually predicted the result in the Facebook Live before racing. He looks pretty special and I would like to see him head to QIPCO British Champions Day before he heads to the States. Similar comments apply to Cracksman in the Great Voltigeur and he’s the type of horse who will probably improve further going into next year. I also like the look of the Acomb winner, Wells Farhh Go, Crying out for further already and definitely a horse to keep an eye out for.
I’m heading away from York for the final two days of the Ebor Festival – but would obviously have loved to be riding in Friday’s Coolmore Nunthorpe. I was due to be riding Final Venture for Paul Midgeley but just feel that Lady Aurelia and Battaash will be fighting it out at the finish and that the American filly will win. She’s an out-and-out five furlong performer and I think that the 3lbs she is receiving from Battaash, who admittedly has done nothing wrong this summer, will prove decisive as she’s an outstanding sprinter. Don’t rule out Marsha, if she returns to the level of her comeback Palace House victory, but the rest of the field are playing catch-up!
In the Lonsdale Cup, my Chester Cup winner, Montaly, would have an each-way chance. However, if Dartmouth runs to form, the rest of them won’t get near him and he should prove hard to beat with everything in his favour.
I’m at Newmarket on Friday and ride a nice filly in the opener called Admired. She’s pretty talented but tomorrow will be very much a first day at school and we’re sure she’ll learn lots. I also hope Dynamite, a filly I ride for William Haggas in the maiden, can go a couple of places better than on her debut last year.
On Saturday I’m looking forward to teaming up again with Lightning Spear as we attempt to win back-to-back Celebration Miles at Goodwood. I know him very well and hopefully he can bounce back to the Winners’ Enclosure as we drop to Group 2 company after his close third in the Sussex Stakes.
Count Octave has been rerouted from York to contest the listed March Stakes. We were delighted with his second to subsequent Goodwood Cup winner Stradivarius at Royal Ascot and hopefully he can improve again against the very well-regarded UAE King.
I’m also looking forward to getting back on Royal Ascot winner Bless Him in Sunday’s Supreme Stakes, a race I won last year aboard Opal Tiara. He gets a nice three-year-old allowance, though it’s seven furlongs on a track that probably will prove sharp enough.
Horse to Follow: WILD HACKED
I know the owners and hope he runs well for them in the Ebor on Saturday. It’s a race I obviously have fond memories of and he’s done nothing wrong and gets in there off a nice low weight.