It’s been great to be right back in the thick of things this week; most jockeys would probably say they’re at their happiest when on horseback and that’s an opinion I share.
My obvious highlight was when steering Lavender’s Blue to a debut victory at Newmarket on Tuesday. As I hinted at in my FansBet blog earlier in the week, it’s usually a good pointer if a trainer of the skill and experience of Amanda Perrett aims for that type of race first time out, and it worked out extremely well with the filly very strong at the finish.
She’s one to look forward to and fingers crossed connections will keep me in mind wherever she heads! She does hold an entry in the Oaks and I believe the plan is to go for a recognised trial race, so it’ll be fascinating to observe her stepping up from the mile over which she won this week as the extra distance clearly won’t be anything but a benefit.
Anyway, it’s Friday rather than Saturday I’d like to concentrate on in this weekend’s update, what with it being All-Weather Championships Finals Day at Lingfield, a card which continues to grow and develop. These are my thoughts on the seven races:
1.30 – All-Weather Championships Apprentice Handicap
Experience helps in these types of contests, which can often be messily run affairs. A rider who has impressed me is young Mark Crehan, who has steadily built up a robust partnership with Mick Appleby’s Lion Hearted, so far winning five of the six races he’s ridden him in. I like the fact he’s a horse who goes forward in his races, which means he’ll hopefully miss out on any traffic problems. What’s more, this is a gelding who has been winning but only by narrow margins, so it’s been tough for the handicapper to punish him too much.
2.00 – All-Weather Marathon Championships Conditions Stakes
If you gave me a charity bet for Racing Welfare it would go without hesitation on Amade in this race. Put quite simply, Christophe Soumillon’s mount should be far too good for them. Ordinarily I’d worry about a horse who can start slowly and race a tad lazily in the early stages, but this guy has the ability to make a mid-race move and get himself out of trouble. I won on him at Kempton Park two starts ago and was struck by just how good he was, so much so I honestly don’t think he’d look out of place in a race such as the Northumberland Plate.
2.30 – All-Weather Fillies’ And Mares’ Championships Conditions Stakes
This looks wide open as most are relatively closely matched on ratings, but if you gave me the choice to pick one to ride, I’d like to be on my colleague David Egan’s Iffraaj filly, Rasima. It’s a bonus being drawn close to the rail here over seven furlongs, so you’d imagine connections will have been pleased to be allocated stall two. Rasima is a solid listed campaigner who improved for the drop in distance to a mile when last seen, winning well at this track in November.
3.05 – All-Weather Sprint Championships Conditions Stakes
Like a lot of the good sprinters, Tom Dascombe’s Kachy seems to be improving with age. Massively impressive when winning here the last day, he’s surely the one you’d want to be on if given the choice.
3.40 – 3 Year Old All-Weather Championships Conditions Stakes
I thought there was the capacity for a bit of an upset here in a race I’m looking forward to watching. Archie Watson has his string in very good form at present, and one who might be able to cause a bit of an upset is his Quiet Endeavour. A three-time winner on the all-weather, he’s a front-runner with a great draw in stall two.
4.15 – Easter Classic All-Weather Middle Distance Championships Conditions Stakes
I’m on Court House for the boss, John Gosden, in this eight runner race. In all likelihood though we are playing for place money, as stablemate Wissahickon sets such a high standard. My horse is rated 107 and a serious talent in his own right, but even so appears to be up against the likes of Matterhorn and Master The World in fighting for the excellent place prize money. Wissahickon is a class act, four from four at Lingfield, has won all of his last five starts, and dauntingly for the opposition seems to be improving. Even so, I’ll be doing everything I can to try and get Court House’s head in front. A stable one-two would be just the ticket!
4.45 – All-Weather Mile Championships Conditions Stakes
This is a tricky finale, but if the phone had rung this week offering a ride in this mile contest, I’d think I’d have been hoping it was on Richard Spencer’s Keyser Soze. A really good, solid, tough and consistent horse, he’s won five of his 16 starts, but it’s the all-weather he’s really done well on, winning four out of five. He loves it at this track and I don’t think Tom Queally will be losing too much sleep over a high draw, he’ll just slot him in and let him work his way into it.
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