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Kameko at home back at a mile in red-hot Sussex Stakes

28 Jul 2020

Day Two’s highlight – the Qatar Sussex Stakes – has a real quality look about it – with some even saying it could be the race of the season. I wouldn’t argue that looking at the field, with several top class performers and none you can rule out. As a jockey these are the races you relish, and I can’t wait.

I’m very excited about Kameko going back to a mile. He’s trained very well and it looks a hot race. I’m drawn in stall two next to Siskin, with Mohaather near in four as well. Series winner Circus Maximus normally goes forward and Aidan O’Brien could have the first three ‘in the run’ with Wichita normally forwardly placed and Vatican City a strong stayer at the trip.

San Donato is a useful horse in his own right too so there’s no weak link and it’s exciting.

I was very impressed with what Mohaather did at Ascot but you would always expect a classy renewal of this race. This time of year is a good time to take on the older horses given the weight allowance and we’ll see what happens.

1.10 – Be More

I like Be More and I hope a 4lb rise for winning at Sandown might not stop her. We always felt she had black type potential and I’m delighted her owners bought into her as she was formerly owned by George Strawbridge.

This looks the right race for her as I hope she’s still on the improve. She’s not ground dependent I don’t think.

It’s a nice race with Lake Lucerne, Waliyak and Nkosikazi but there’s a lot to recommend Be More who is the type of filly Andrew has done so well with over the years.

2.45 – Night On Earth

He won well at Windsor but this is a big step up in class. It’s a deep race and we don’t know how good he is yet.

There’s a lot to fear including Kevin Ryan’s Ben Macdui, while Michael O’Callaghan brings over Steel Bull and they’re very unexposed.

4.20 – Toro Strike

I ride Toro Strike for fellow Sporting Life man Richard Fahey. He’s got a chance, he’s a nice horse, but it’s clearly a very competitive handicap.

It can be a little bit rough over seven furlongs around there and I’ll have to get on the back of something that wants to go forward. I’m not madly in love with the middle draw but there’s enough drawn around us to suggest I could get a good tow into it.

He ran well in the big nursery here last season so the track won’t be an issue. We’ll have to hope for the best.