Busy book of six rides at HQ on Saturday. Then I’ll be back home to watch the Breeders’ Cup from Churchill Downs which should be a fantastic night of racing and best of luck to the European raiders.
FIREBIRD SONG (12.15)
A really interesting debutant from the Charlie Appleby yard who I’m riding her for the first time. I think she has got a great pedigree being by Invincible Spirit and a first foal from a Pivotal bred dam. There’s plenty of stamina on paper and she should also be suited by give in the ground. The ones that have run haven’t shown too much so it could well be fought out by some interesting newcomers.
NOBLE PEACE (2.00)
Completely wide open one mile handicap in which I ride Noble Peace for the first time. He’s got winning form on testing ground and looked to win a good race at Goodwood last time out over a trip and conditions similar to today. I wouldn’t mind any further rain and think he could run a decent race.
YA HALA (2.35)
Another ride for Charlie Appleby and one I’m looking forward to. She made a winning start at Nottingham where she showed a great attitude and hopefully she can be just as effective on the more testing ground. The biggest danger could be Mannaal who also made a winning start at Nottingham and is already proven on the ground.
As the name suggests, a son of Frankel who is back after a break and has his first start for David O’Meara since joining the yard from Mark Johnston. The grey has won at Group 3 and Listed level and handles give in the ground but we’ll just have to see what shape he is in back on the track. The Willie Mullins trained True Self won a Listed race at Bath last time out in good fashion and has plenty of stamina with her jumps record.
ROBIN OF NAVAN (3.45)
Has plenty of class on his day as he proved when winning a Group 1 at Saint-Cloud back in 2015. Also loves give in the ground and should find this easier than some of his more recent assignments. Muntadab is in good form and is closely matched with So Beloved on Doncaster form – the pair look the biggest dangers.
APEX KING (4.15)
A tightly knit handicap to conclude the card and my fella Apex King deserves a decent win after going well in his last few races. He’s got winning form on good to soft ground but it might be softer than that here. He ran a cracker last time out when fifth in the valuable London Mile Handicap at Kempton and the stable are in good form.
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