It’s been great to get back racing this week after the unexpected break. There’s no doubt the authorities had some difficult decisions to make but the main thing is the show is back on the road.
That show moves on to Lingfield and Kempton on Saturday in terms of the all-weather and I’ve a total of six rides at the two cards.
SOARING SPIRITS (1.30pm)
I’m riding this fella for the first time for trainer Dean Ivory. The nine-year-old is a regular here at Lingfield and was a winner over seven furlongs here two starts ago before finishing seventh last time out off his new mark of 59. Despite his finishing position he wasn’t beaten far and he is a previous course and distance winner at this trip too. Hopefully he will run his race but it’s a wide open contest.
A decent class 2 handicap. I was aboard Alsvinder at Chelmsford last time and he was always struggling after missing the break. He’s back to the scene of his course and distance win of January – although now 2lb higher from that day and the concern might be the handicapper has caught up with him. Hopefully we’ll get away better today and he can go close.
SPRING ROMANCE (3.15pm)
Looks on paper my best chance of an afternoon winner. He’s back after a lengthy break but had a fantastic 2018 with four wins including over six furlongs here. As a result he’s shot up the handicap – starting off the year on 45 and finishing it on 75 – not bad progress ! He’ll come back a fresh horse and there’s no reason why we can’t see further improvement from him this year as a four-year-old. Joegogo probably looks the biggest danger – he’s been running consistently well this year.
UNIT OF ASSESSMENT (5.45pm)
Found life a bit tougher last time over course and distance under his penalty and we’ve got some ground to make up with Sir Prize who is on for a hat-trick. My fella gave me a nice win here two starts ago and hopefully we’ll see a little more of that kind of form here.
GREY BRITAIN (7.15pm)
Looking forward to riding him again and hopefully he’ll make a bold bid for the hat-trick. I’ve been aboard for his last two wins at Wolverhampton and Lingfield. Trainer John Ryan has his string in good form and hopefully we can again see off the challenge of Watersmeet who was second to us at Lingfield.
Continuing to run well without winning. She was only beaten a couple of lengths when fourth at Lingfield last time out and I think she’s on a mark that will allow her to be very competitive. The dark horse is Always A Drama on handicap debut. She looks progressive and has shown a lot more on the all-weather than she did at Newbury on debut.
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