Swing Low, Sun Chariot
3 Oct 2019
What a huge weekend of racing we have in prospect with Group 1 action on both sides of the Channel – I honestly can’t wait for it to get started!
I start my weekend at racing’s HQ on Saturday, as the Kingdom of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes is the latest Group 1 to take place on Newmarket’s Rowley Mile. Last week I was blessed to land the Group 2 Shadwell Joel Stakes there on Benbatl, who put in a seriously impressive display – he’s honestly such a great horse.
He’ll now be aimed at the Queen Elizabeth Stakes II (Sponsored by QIPCO) on Champions Day on October 19th. He’s a very versatile horse, and the stiff mile at Ascot is going to suit him down to the ground. Hopefully I can land back-to-back runnings of that race.
There’s plenty of racing to be done before then, however, including Saturday’s Kingdom Of Bahrain Sun Chariot. After the final declarations the race looks a really competitive 9 runner field, with lots of Group 1 form on show.
I’m delighted to be getting the call up once again on Veracious, having won on her in the Tattersalls Falmouth Stakes. The word from the yard is she is going very well at home and she’s in a great place to try and make it back to back victories at the top level. Sir Michael Stoute will leave the tactics up to me on the day, I’ve ridden the horse twice now and sat on her at home, so I know her pretty well.
Laurens has been declared. She’s a very tough filly who likes to go forward in her races. She was a little bit disappointing last time but I’d take nothing away from her. As ever Aidan O’Brien has two entered with Hermosa and I Can Fly both set to provide very stiff opposition.
Geetanjali is my ride in the opener and she has done nothing wrong in a really consistent season for Michael Bell. She’s actually owned by a pal of mine Hugo Merry, so it would be extra special to get a win on her on Saturday. It’s a valuable and competitive affair however, but she’ll be one of the fancied ones and could go close.
Under The Stars is likely to go off favourite in the valuable Tattersalls October Autumn Stakes. She ran very well in the Group 2 here last time out and hopefully she’s come out of that race well. She’s clear at the ratings and if she comes in the same form as last week then she should be winning.
Warning Fire (5.10) is a very fast filly who I have ridden before. Mark Johnston’s horses continue to fly and you can never ever write them off. Hopefully she’ll produce her best on Saturday.
Sunday sees me head to the Paris to ride at the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe meeting; a day that revolves around Enable’s bid for racing immortality. But I’ll update you all on that in a separate blog tomorrow!
Horse To Follow: Dubai Love
I was very pleased with her win first time out the other day at Nottingham. She’s got loads of size and scope and there’s no doubt she’ll improve.