Rely on Robin to help me Hunt down a winner on Day Two.
18 Jun 2019
Onto day two we roll and the feature race of the day, The Prince Of Wales’s Stakes, looks set to be between the two star fillies – Sea Of Class and Magical. I’d personally have loved to get the leg up on Crystal Ocean also, as I think he’s a super horse. However, with the fillies allowance it tips it in the balance of those two; they’re both big, strong four-year-old fillies that’ll take a lot of beating.
Magical is the one out of the two who is race fit, with this being Sea Of Class’s first outing of the season so she’s got to slightly hold the edge in terms of fitness. She can be ridden any way, and from stall one she’ll get a lovely trip into the race and will be a tough nut to crack.
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The day kicks off with a burn up the five furlong course as the speediest two-year-old fillies around take each other on in the Queen Mary Stakes. I ride Lambeth Walk for Archie Watson and we couldn’t be happier with since her last outing at Chelmsford. The only unknown is how she’s going to be on the ground as it’s probably going to come up a bit on the slower side, but she’s got to take her chance in this. We are drawn a bit high in 20 but there appears to be a bit of pace around me which ought to help; she couldn’t be in better form.
From sprinting I then move onto staying as I ride Dashing Willoughby in the Queen’s Vase. He ran a super race last time at Chester and the form has been franked since. I was second in this race a couple of years ago with Count Octave, and this horse would have a similar profile. On ratings he doesn’t have too much to find on the market principals and certainly goes there with every chance.
From there we then move back to the straight mile as the older fillies contest the Duke of Cambridge Stakes. I’m very pleased that Sir Michael Stoute has given me the ride on Veracious. I had a sit on her last week and she felt in good order. You can ride her pretty much anyway you like, which is handy in a big field and we go there with a good chance.
I then get the leg up on Robin Of Navan in the always ultra competitive Royal Hunt Cup Handicap. He’s a lovely horse who has been fancied to run well on his past couple of starts, but on each occasion has been unlucky. If he runs to the best of his form I’d think he would be one of the favourites for this. He needs holding up, so he’ll need some luck in running but granted a clear run I’d wager he’d have a massive chance.
I finish the day aboard Illusionist in the Windsor Castle. We’re not sure how he’ll be on the ground but he’s a proper hardened two year old and I think he’ll run his race. It just totally depends how good and match-ready the others are.