Just back from Sandown Park and it was well worth the trip too for just the one ride on Hulcote who stayed on nicely to win. The daughter of Frankel was making her handicap debut and seemed to appreciate the easier ground.
Heading north on Saturday for a busy book of six rides on the Wolverhampton card.
SLOW TO HAND (1.45pm)
I ride him for the first time for trainer William Jarvis. He has had a few starts on the all-weather but not yet on the Tapeta surface here at Wolverhampton. He’s disappointed a few times on softer ground including last time out at Yarmouth but will hopefully enjoy the switch back to an all-weather surface and his mark of 60 entitles him to be competitive in what looks a very competitive opener.
Riding this one for Sir Michael Stoute and he his having his first race for 330 days when he made his debut at Chelmsford. He finished well down the field and didn’t show much but was slowly away and looked very much as if the experience will have brought him on a lot. Hopefully that will be the case here where there are plenty of likely improvers including the Godolphin runner Wajaaha who has also been off the course for a long time.
Has been struggling in handicaps this year, so the hope has to be that the drop down to claiming company sees a better run. I’ve actually ridden him once before, when he was 9th in the 500,000 Tattersalls Millions 2YO Trophy at Newmarket and clearly this race is a million miles away from that was in terms of class.
KICK ON KICK ON (4.40pm)
Has been in cracking form and looks my best chance of a winner on the card. He comes into this chasing a hat-trick after wins at Nottingham and Windsor and the handicapper has had his say shoving him up another 5lb which looks quite harsh given his narrow win. However, he is progressive and hopefully he can go close again for me in this competitive class 3.
Another one which I ride for the first time, this one for Nick Littmoden. Was in cracking form earlier this year winning two 1m 4f handicaps at Lingfield and now tries Wolverhampton for the first time. He looks back on a decent mark and can hopefully run a big race. Ed Dunlop’s Vision Clear won at Beverley last time out and looks the biggest danger in a race where there doesn’t look too much strength in depth.
This looks the most competitive race on the card to me. I haven’t ridden him before but he seems to go well here at Wolverhampton – running a couple of good races over the seven furlong trip. He’s back down in trip after not seeing out the seven at Catterick last time on the turf. He remains a maiden but in an open finale can hopefully give me a good spin. They are all dangers.
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