Busy day on Saturday with eight booked rides at Newbury and Kempton. Thoughts below on all of them. Looking back at Champions Day last weekend I had two great rides on Harry Angel and Escobar who both ran crackers to finish second.
Harry was again claustrophobic in the stalls but Clive (Cox) and his team have always done a great job with him. It’s since been announced that Harry Angel has been retired and if the ground had been a bit livelier at Ascot we might well have gone out with a win.
He’s given me some fantastic times and the horse has been a pleasure to deal with. He’ll now stand at the Dalham Hall Stud in 2019.
RAHEEN HOUSE (2.20pm)
Was well behind another of today’s rivals Communique at Newmarket last time out and he’s just lost a bit of sparkle. Hopefully the first time cheekpieces might bring about an improvement. He finished second in this race last year when the ground was soft so I won’t be worried to see any more rain. It looks open but my fella is well up to it but just needs to bounce back.
HOUSE OF KINGS (Molson Coors Stakes 2.50pm)
I won this race for Clive back in 2007 with Beacon Lodge and am on House Of Kings who has improved in all three of his starts. He won a novice event in good style at Leicester (form has worked out well) but this is obviously a massive step up in class and his first experience of give in the ground. It also looks quite a decent renewal and Mick Channon’s Chairmanoftheboard could be anything after bolting up by eight lengths on debut at Goodwood on soft ground.
THE ESTABLISHMENT (5.45pm)
Was in at the deep end at Ascot and this looks easier. Showed he liked the all-weather on debut at Lingfield. Has plenty of pace and drop back to the minimum should help.
Nice filly who makes her debut here for Clive. Those that have run haven’t shown a lot so hopefully she’ll do well as she’s bred to thrive on the all-weather.
WHERE’S PERLE (6.45pm)
She did OK on her handicap debut over six furlongs here last time and is dropped a couple of pounds. She’s up in trip which should help and hopefully she’ll get competitive in a very open race.
KING’S SLIPPER (7.45pm)
Won over course and distance in August but shoved up 7lb and that seemed to find him out last time – although it was in a much better race (London Mile Handicap) and back in this level we should get a much better idea whether he can be competitive off this mark.
LOUIE DE PALMA (8.15pm)
Closely matched with Helvetian on Salisbury form last time out when there was only a neck between them. This is his first spin on the all-weather but would have a fair chance if converting to it.
Steadily dropping down the weights and is tried with the cheekpieces on for the first time. Yet to win on the all-weather but hasn’t run badly on the surface and hopefully the head gear will spark an improvement.
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