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Sir Busker could play a tune on Day Four

31 Jul 2020

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Sadly Deirdre was unable to get competitive in the Qatar Nassau Stakes yesterday, it was won by a really good filly in Fancy Blue. I was really pleased for Donnacha O’Brien who has now trained a French Classic winner and Group 1 winner all by the age of 22. Fantastic stuff.

I was blessed with a winner however, in the last once again at Goodwood. Acklam Express bolted up and is an exciting horse going forward.

Onto today and I’ve got a full, exciting book to look forward to. Here’s a run down on my rides.

1.10 – Berkshire Savvy

This is a very hot race and there are a number of these I know pretty well. I was happy with Berkshire Savvy at Windsor, he probably deserved his 6lb hike in the weights and I hope there’s more to come from him.

1.45 – Shadn

There are obviously a number of these that are in front of her on all known form, but I’m staying loyal to owner Katsumi Yoshida who has been good to me. She ran okay at Ascot and hopefully she’ll benefit for going back up in trip to seven furlongs. She’s only tried it once when third in the Prestige Stakes at this track last year.

2.45 – Sir Busker

If he gets luck in-running he’s going to be one of the ones they have to beat. There’s a lot of pace in the race that will suit me, but I’m obviously wary that it’ll be tough to come from way off the pace, the way he likes it, at this track. We’ll have to see how it pans out, but, even though he’s up 5lb for his second in the Bunbury Cup, I wouldn’t say he’s handicapped out of things.

3.15 – Ornate

Battaash is obviously the one to beat here as he goes for another win at a track that clearly plays to his strengths. As his price indicates, he’s obviously going to really tough to beat. My fellow has a lot on his plate.

3.45 – Le Don De Vie

Le Don De Vie has a bit to find with these on ratings, but he’s a top horse and deserves to be in a race like this. I obviously know him well from his days at Andrew Balding’s and I won on him at this track for Hughie Morrison last year. He hasn’t run badly in defeat in tough handicaps at Royal Ascot and Newmarket’s July Festival, but he obviously has to find a bit more in this company.

4.55 – Ventura Diamond

I finished the day with a winner for Richard Fahey on Wednesday and it would be nice if we could team up again with victory in Friday’s closer. She’s an interesting filly who ran well behind Miss Jingles at Sandown, form that was franked by the winner on Wednesday, so you’d have to be hopeful going up a furlong.