I’m delighted to say that after weeks of hard work in Peter O’Sullevan House in Newmarket, my return to the saddle is planned for next Wednesday. My collar bone has healed, and I plan to ride work tomorrow (Saturday) morning for the first time.
Hopefully that will all go okay, and I’ve no reason to think it shouldn’t, as I’ve sat on a horse at home and everything feels fine.
I had hoped to surprise everyone and get back in time to ride in the Cambridgeshire tomorrow, but that has just come a few days to soon.
As it stands, I plan to come back at Kempton next Wednesday evening and then build from there.
It’s been tough watching from the sidelines, but that has really spurred me on to get back in the saddle.
Sadly I’m am just a spectator at Newmarket on Saturday and here are my thoughts on the four big races…
1.50pm (Juddmonte Royal Lodge Stakes)
I know that Andrew (Balding) thinks a lot of Kameko who looks the one to beat in the Royal Lodge. He ran a hell of a race at Sandown last time on only his second ever start and was only just touched off by a good colt. He is likely to have improved again and should take plenty of beating here. Paul Cole’s Highland Chief was a good third at Royal Ascot and looks the biggest danger to Kameko.
2.25pm (Juddmonte Cheveley Park Stakes)
Raffle Prize felt like a very classy filly when I won on her at Chester back in May and she has done nothing but improve with every start since. She won the Queen Mary at Royal Ascot and followed that with a win in the Duchess Of Cambridge Stakes at the July meeting. However, it was her narrow defeat in arguably the hottest two-year-old race of the season last time that stands out. She was only just touched off by Earthlight in the Prix Morny with a couple of Ascot winners in behind. If she reappears in the same form it would be a huge shock if she didn’t win this. I suppose her biggest danger is Andre Fabre’s Tropbeau, but she would have to take a monster step forward to beat Raffle Prize.
3.00pm (Juddmonte Middle Park Stakes)
Plenty have been billing this the race of the season and its clear to see why. Earthlight is a worthy favourite from France but there is a quality challenge from Ireland and the home team. The Irish have Siskin and two really strong runners from Ballydoyle. While the Hannon team saddle Mums Tipple who looked so exciting last time at York (pictured). They also run Threat who is in great form and could easily run well again. It’s the best two-year-old race of the season with only really Pinatubo missing. If I had to pick one, I guess it would have to be Earthlight, but there shouldn’t be much between them all.
3.40pm (Cambridgeshire Handicap)
The big betting race of the day where I would have ridden Good Birthday for Andrew Balding and King Power. As I said earlier, I was desperate to try and get back to ride him, but the race sadly comes just a few days too soon. He’s a really exciting colt who sneaks in here off a lovely racing weight. The more rain the better his chances and he shouldn’t be far away. He is drawn 32, but that may not be as big a disadvantage as you may think. The key for me is to have a decent pace to chase and there looks to be enough speed drawn high. Fingers crossed he will give Oisin (Murphy) a lovely spin.
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