I hope your all keeping well and backing a few winners.
I am keeping really busy at the minute, both with the horses and with my media work as part of my role as racing ambassador for my new sponsor GBI Racing. I am still clocking the miles up as I ride out and race ride up and down the country, so I’ve been mega busy.
As you all know I am lucky enough to be part of the team at Luca Cumani’s Bedford House yard in Newmarket and so far It’s been a very good week for the team, with wins at Chester for both Danadana Mount Athos, showing just how well the stable are at present.
Luca’s Derby hope, Greatwood was due to run in the Betfred Derby Trial at Lingfield yesterday but he was withdrawn unfortunately, so he may head to York now for the Dante if the boss feel’s he’s 100%. He’s a very hard horse to gauge as he never shows that much on the gallops and instead saves himself for the racecourse, which is obviously what you’d prefer.
We weren’t sure how he would run in the big sales race at Newmarket last month and in the end he was only touched off by Windhoek, who has since won again and is heading for the Derby so the form is solid.
As for me I was up early to ride work in Newmarket before heading off to do a double shift, I rode an unraced two-year-old called Flying Author, in the opening race at Ascot before shooting up the M40 to head to Warwick.
Flying Author is only a tiny thing but has been showing enough at home for him to be aimed at the Chesham at Royal Ascot. He is trained by Phil McEntee and owned by Steve Jakes, who’s familiar red and white silks are regularly seen on our racecourses. I myself have worn them a few times. Steve is very good to ride for and he is well known for giving the girl’s and apprentices a chance on his horses. He ran a nice race, having been slow away from the stalls, he also ran green and will come on for that.
At Warwick I rode Thundering Home for Richard Mitchell in the 7.35 race and I looked to have a chance on this fellow. He is rated much lower on the turf than on the all-weather and having been in good form over hurdles of late. He ran a nice solid race and stayed on well into third. He will pay his way in similar races.
I also rode the Alan Jarvis trained Wise Venture in the last race there, now this was a decent two year old, but he showed nothing last year and has dropped down the weights as a result. He is certainly well handicapped now but it is a case of knowing whether he want’s to still do it or not. Luckily he decided to consent to put his best foot forward and he ran a cracker as we finished a close second. I noticed Ron had him highly rated on his figures, too and apologies for stopping those that followed his suggestions because we put the mockers on the exotics!
From my rides over the past week, one to follow this season is the James Toller trained Rewarded, who I rode when beaten two short-heads for fourth in a Group 3 at Chester this week. That’s us pictured when we famously “won” our race at Sandown last year. I say we won famously, as we won courtesy of a walkover!
It was his first run since September and also his first since being gelded. He also had to contend with the worst ground given his draw so connections were all in all very happy. I think he is up to winning a Group 3 somewhere this season.
Also, Princess Willow ran a cracker for me over a mile and a half at Kempton, when finishing second. I think she could pick up a small handicap or two over a similar trip, or even a little further.
Looking ahead to next week, it looks as if I will be at Wolverhampton and Windsor on Monday, I ride Jazz Master in the 6.20 race for the boss and he will have come on for his debut over course and distance. He holds a Derby entry but it is very unlikely he’ll be heading there next month! Obviously I don’t know what we will be up against at the time of writing but I hope he’ll go well.
The rest of week is all up in the air as the boss has runner’s all over, with both the Dante meeting taking place at York and also racing at Newmarket on Thursday.
Before I go, I must say congratulation’s to you all on your win with Grandorio at Newcastle. He won well and he looked a lovely prospect.
Have a great weekend.