Heartache ran her race in the Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes finishing in seventh, whilst later in the afternoon Crack On Crack ran another big race – just finding Urban Aspect too good. The winner is very progressive, winning three out of his four races and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him stepping up to Listed class next.
A busy Bank Holiday weekend for me. I have three rides at Goodwood on Saturday and then it’s a quick whizz round to Windsor for four races on their card which includes the Group 3 Winter Hill Stakes.
EMERALD APPROACH (1.30pm)
I hope the filly can get my weekend off to a winning start as she looks to have sound claims here. She ran a cracker on debut at Windsor, chasing home the odds-on Gallovie and that one gave the form a massive boost this week at York when finishing third in the valuable Goffs UK Premier Yearling Stakes. I get weight from the two winners in the race More Than Likely and Jungle Juice and with normal improvement I would have thought the filly should go very close.
ZONDERLAND (2.05pm Ladbrokes Celebration Mile Stakes)
He’s been finding life a bit tough so far this year but there were big signs of a return to form last time out at Salisbury when he was third in a Group 3. He seemed to enjoy the give in the ground that day and I hear there’s been some rain about on Friday evening so that may count more for us than some of his rivals here.
FLAMING SPEAR (3.15pm)
A really competitive handicap and my fella heads the weights with the hat-trick seeking Burnt Sugar. I ride Flaming Spear for the first time but looking back through his form he looks versatile ground wise and ran a belter when fifth in the Royal Hunt Cup at Royal Ascot. There were problems down at the start with him last time at Ascot and he may have left his race there. Hopefully he’ll be in a better mood and could run a big race.
PRIZE MONEY (5.45pm Sri Lanka August Stakes)
The gelding reappears after a lengthy break and I’m onboard for the first time. He’s got plenty of class as he proved when winning a Group 2 in Meydan but comes up against some race fit rivals here – the exception being stable companion Game Starter who is returning from an even longer break than Prize Money.
CONVEY (6.15pm Dom & Geri Personalised Banners Winter Hill Stakes)
I ride the Sir Michael Stoute trained gelding for the first time here. He won last year’s Winter Derby at Lingfield and has plenty of class. He also has some good placed efforts to his name on the turf, including a close-up third to Hathal in a Group 3 at Haydock when the ground was soft. Has been given a break since down the field at Chester.
GLORY OF PARIS (6.45pm)
Another one I am riding for the first time on Saturday. The Rod Millman trained runner seems to have been struggling off his handicap mark and both his career wins have come on the all-weather. Down another couple of pounds which will hopefully bring about an improved run.
CAPE ICON (7.45pm)
Trainer Olly Murphy is in cracking form and Cape Icon comes into this a fresh horse after just one run so far this season at Wolverhampton. This looks a tricky handicap despite the small field with perhaps the biggest danger coming from headliner of of week Mark Johnston and his Kalagia.
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