It’s off to Sandown Park for yours truly on Wednesday evening for a book of three good rides.
It’s a long day after being up around 5am to ride work for the boss, but there are no complaints when you’re lucky enough to be working with a great team and some outstanding horses, especially with the whole yard on a high after Stradivarius got the job done and sealed his third Goodwood Cup yesterday.
That was a sweet moment seeing him wrap that up, and the bonus of riding at an evening fixture means I’ll be able to take in day two’s Goodwood action this afternoon.
A couple of races I’m really looking forward to seeing include the Group 3 Molecomb Stakes at 3.00pm.
This has the make-up of an intriguing clash given both Wes Ward’s Maven and John Quinn’s Liberty Beach will be popular.
That said, if the possibility of thunderstorms and a downpour turns out to be accurate, this is a race that could really open up.
If that were to be the case one who you wouldn’t mind being on from a jockey’s perspective is Tom Dascombe’s filly Dr Simpson.
By Dandy Man, I know she was well fancied first time out but got chinned by a horse of Archie Watson’s, Lambeth Walk, who was well tuned up and just a little more streetwise.
She obviously learned plenty though because next time out she showed bags of speed and won by seven lengths at Chester.
Dascombe has his Cheshire-based string flying at the minute, and I certainly wouldn’t have minded if he’d given my agent a call had regular pilot Richard Kingscote been unavailable for Dr Simpson, who could well have the ability to get involved for place money at least.
A little later, the feature Group 1 Sussex Stakes at 3.35pm has the look of a great race.
For obvious reasons I’m in the Too Darn Hot Camp. He’s top rated and comes into this off the back of a super win in the Prix Jean Prat at Deauville.
He’s a fast horse with a fast action, so rain and any softening of the ground would worry me.
The ground was fast when he won in France, so I’d be concerned he might not get home over the mile here if the going were to deteriorate.
If it does, Circus Maximus looks the obvious candidate to capitalise, but let’s hope the rain avoids the track and he can get the job done.
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