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Kameko primed for Sussex Showdown

17 Jul 2020

Kameko worked with his normal lead horse on Wednesday morning and we only breezed four furlongs but I was really pleased with him.

He’s come out of the Derby in very good shape. There are three options for him; the Prix Jacques le Marois, the Sussex Stakes and the Juddmonte International, but it does seem as though we’re leaning towards Glorious Goodwood.

The track at Goodwood won’t pose any problems, no track poses a problem for Kameko as he’s got so much pace and he’s a very nimble, good-moving, well-balanced type of horse. You could run him down a mountain and he wouldn’t get unbalanced.

I thought before the Derby that Epsom wouldn’t pose any issues and it didn’t, he was simply outstayed, but the way he came around Tattenham Corner confirms that he’s a very straightforward horse.

The Sussex Stakes is a prestigious race, as is the Juddmonte International, but he could take in both contests and it would be great to see who is the best of the Guineas winners if he does come up against Siskin at Goodwood.

Saturday Rides: Newbury

12.30 – Horn Of Plenty
She’s a staying type of filly in the making and she hasn’t done much wrong so far. I saw her working the other day and she looks very easy and in good form. Rated 77, that gives her a chance in your average Newbury maiden, but with 14 runners who knows what’s lurking in there.

1.05 – Rushmore
I’ve ridden Rushmore a lot at home and we really like him. He was an expensive yearling, £500,000, but he’s shown all the right signs at home. We haven’t taken this fellow off the bridle at all yet, everything he’s done on the bridle, the reason being he’s not the strongest frame of horse and we don’t want to be too hard on him at home. I’d expect him to travel very well through the race and hopefully he can finish off and win.

1.40 – Isla Vista
Another Qatar Racing newcomer but I don’t know this one quite so well. Sir Michael Stoute trains her and she’s got a beautiful pedigree, from a lovely Japanese family. I haven’t ridden her at home, Sir Michael’s usually improve for a run and it would be nice for her to show a good level of ability on debut.

2.15 – Method
I’ve ridden Method at home, before his first start, and I really liked him. He then went and won by over four lengths on debut from Fev Rover, who franked the form at Newmarket, and though that was a huge first run I thought he’d improve from Doncaster. Marty Meade’s yard have had a good start to the season and he looks to have a high level of ability.

2.50 – Tonyx
I ride a fair bit for Ed Walker and this one’s unbeaten in two starts. She looked really nice at Salisbury on her first run and she followed up under a penalty at Newcastle next time out. On that evidence she’s better on turf and she’ll have a chance in what looks a hot little race, with Tomorrow’s Dream and Able Grace also respected.

3.25 – Tribal Craft
She’s a very tough filly and it would be lovely to get some black type for her. She’s in super form at home and after she won for me at Kempton last time I expected her to be rated higher than 94 going into this. I didn’t have the choice between her and Shailene, Andrew made that decision for me, but I can tell you Shailene has been working really well. Ryan Moore rides her. It’s a competitive race, but hopefully we can get into the first three.

4.00 – The Tin Man
I can’t wait to ride The Tin Man in the Hackwood Stakes. He felt really good at Ascot but just lacked that race sharpness. I broke fine, but they went pretty quick and I was just caught out for a little bit in the middle part of the race. He deserves to be one of the favourites here, he’s been there and done it and he didn’t run badly at Ascot as I was way out of my ground. He’s definitely improved from the Diamond Jubilee, it’s hard to say he’ll be as good as ever when he’s eight, but it’s also hard to get a horse his age match fit without a run. If he’s come on for Ascot, and I think he has, he should be hard to beat.

4.30 – Bertog
The owners have a lot of good horses with Ed Walker, like Sunday Star, and it would be nice to ride them a winner. John Mackie trains this one and he won at Doncaster two starts ago on good to firm ground, so he’s forgiven a subsequent below-par run on soft at Haydock. He doesn’t look badly treated off 71 given he was rated 76 a couple of years ago.

5.00 – Kingston Kurrajong
This horse has been around a bit and I know him from when he was at Andrew Balding’s. He’s fairly handicapped off 77, that was his last winning mark after he won at Epsom last September. On this year’s form he needs to improve, but William Knight’s horses have been flying since he moved to Newmarket so hopefully this one can run well, too.

Sunday – The Lir Jet

I’m really looking forward to going over to France on Sunday to ride The Lir Jet in the Group Two Prix Robert Papin at Chantilly. It’s a four-runner race and he meets the Coventry Stakes winner, Nando Parrado, over five-and-a-half furlongs.

It does look like it’s between Clive Cox’s horse and us, it looks like good race planning from both trainers. Neither carry a penalty but both of them would’ve had penalties in the July Stakes.

He felt very good on Saturday morning and has been ticking all the boxes since Royal Ascot, Michael Bell is very happy with him. The slight step up in trip will be no problem to him and he’s very straightforward, a very easy ride.