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The Tin Man in good heart for Cup bid.

6 Sep 2018

I turn 23 today, but the early birthday present defintely came a couple of days ago when I learned that I’d be getting the leg up on The Tin Man for James Fanshawe in Saturday’s 32Red Sprint Cup at Haydock. He has a really impressive record in this race coming 2nd in 2016, and 3rd in 2017.

He’s a very, very good horse and obviously has the form to do the business on Saturday. He’s well known in the Sprint category having had plenty of racing, and is a tough, genuine type which is what you want as a jockey. Hopefully I can get a good tow into the race and be in with every chance in the final furlong. The ground is looking likely to come up Good To Soft, but he has form on all types of ground and we’ll just have to see what cards we are dealt.

The main danger is obviously last year’s winner Harry Angel who put in one of the displays of the season in the 2017 renewal. He’s exceptionally talented and had a genuine excuse last time. He deserves to be favourite, but I’m hopeful we can beat him.

James Garfield ran well at Deauville before getting nabbed on the line in a pulsating finish. He’s obviously a very good horse who can compete at this level. However, I’m more than happy with my ride and we go to Merseyside with every chance of coming away with the spoils.

Elsewhere on the card I ride Here Comes When for in-form Andrew Balding. I think he’s going to love the track and the forecast going will certainly suite him. He’s been in flying form at home and he has a great chance in this.

For the same trainer I also ride Natural History for Her Majesty The Queen who is a lovely horse. It took him a little time to get his act together before winning nicely at Chepstow. He has a massive hike in the weights to contend with here and we’ll have to see how he goes in what looks a competitive race.

I really like Floating Artist who is my ride in the Ascendant Stakes. He’s won previously at Haydock Park and the form should hopefully work out. He lacks a bit of experience but he’ll go there having learnt a lot from that outing. In time I think he’ll stay further, but we’ll see where we’re at after Saturday.

In the last I ride Blue De Vega who has been gelded and has had two runs since. I thought his latest run at Epsom was pretty good despite not having the rail advantage. The ground looks like it’ll come right for him, but at this minimum trip he’s going to need a very strong pace to aim at.

Horse To Follow: Floating Artist, Haydock Saturday 3.00

He’s going to be a very nice horse, and will improve plenty the more race experience he gets.