As I write Estimate has just passed the post in front, to give her Royal Highness a winner in the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot. It is always a special meeting for us lover’s of flat racing but this year has been made all the more special for so many reason’s. James Doyle and Al Kazeem produced a high class performance as he chased the front running Mukhadram, who was giving a brilliant ride by Paul Hanagan. As well as the performance from “Doyler” in the saddle, the training performance by Roger Charlton deserves a hell of a lot of credit too. Doyle went on to complete a memorable hat-trick of wins on the day as he broke his Royal Ascot duck and another debut win at the Royal meeting was achieved by Lady Cecil. In the horrendous circumstances of having lost her husband only last week, the win of Riposte in the Ribblesdale was very much the emotional moment of the meeting.
I’m sure Sir Henry will of been looking down on his wife, the staff and the horses, as they made their way to Berkshire from Warren Place and there will of been no more fitting a winner at Ascot this week, particularly with such a promising filly, the likes of which the great man excelled with throughout his career.
Looking ahead, Kirsty Milczarek is working for GBI Racing today at Ascot, doing some presenting, with it being Ladies Day and I wouldn’t mind betting that in between takes she’s dancing around in the manner of Clive Brittain in the winner’s enclosure. But in Kirsty’s case it will be a rain dance, as she wants the forecast rain to come. It will help her mount, REWARDED, in the Wolferton on Friday. He’s improved this year and gives Kirsty a live chance of a Royal winner.
Talking of Clive Brittain dancing, Kirsty rode a winner for him last year at Kempton and when she called him after the race, he told her he was dancing in the living room. I thought it was a joke, that was until I saw him strutting his stuff in the winner’s enclosure on the television yesterday. Awesome I thought, that a man of Clive’s age and someone who has trained so many great horses, still get’s excited about a winner, whether it’s a Royal Ascot winner, or one on the all-weather.
Looking ahead, ENDLESS CREDIT looks a solid bet in the 8.40 race at Newmarket on Friday. Luca Cumani’s High Chapparal colt ran a race full of promise on debut and looks like he can go one better here.
SHERRY FOR NANNY goes in the 2.10 at Redcar, a two year old seller. I’m good friends with Tom Fife, the trainer’s son and speaking to him the other day at Thirsk we were both of the opinion that they ran into one when finishing second there. Hopefully compensation awaits here.
PARIS ROSE is another that can gain compensation at Redcar for a narrow defeat last time, she goes in the maiden at 2.45. Willie Haggas’s filly was chinned near the line by a Mark Johnston inmate that ran well today in a handicap, franking the form a wee bit.
On Saturday the Ruth Carr trained HEAD SPACE heads to Ayr for the third time and really should be going there unbeaten. He looked to have the race in safe keeping off a mark of 91 here last July before looking to stop before the line and relegating himself to third place. He runs here off a mark some 11 pounds lower so is extremely well handicapped and should be a nice price.