Friday’s blog was posted on Thursday night before Chelmsford where it was great to ride a double making it four on the day! I ended up missing the ride aboard Vivionn as we were delayed leaving Chester as there was a problem with the plane. Anyway, I ended up picking up a nice spare aboard Freerolling so in the end it all balanced itself out.

No joy at Chester on Friday – it became a real slog in the ground which turned heavy and it was no surprise to see some wide margin winners with the mudlarks loving it. It was nice though to bank two winners on the week at what is always a great meeting to ride at.

As for this weekend, it’s going to be a relatively quiet one for me with only two rides at Ascot and I’m also taking the day off on Sunday. My son Ryan was 12 earlier in the week so it will be nice to spend some time with him. That said, he’ll be off showjumping on Sunday with my wife Vicky and I’ll be left at home with the two little ones. I’ll be nanny for the day 😀!

Here are my thoughts on my two Ascot rides…



STRAIGHT RIGHT (4.00pm Ascot – Tote Victoria Cup)

I ride Straight Right for Andrew Balding and the King Power team in the Victoria Cup. He was in good form over this trip on the all-weather over the winter and ran better than his finishing position implies last time at Lingfield. Whether he wants the ground this soft is the question, but I’m hopeful he can run well. Picking out dangers in a big field like this is difficult, but Ripp Orf goes well here and handles soft ground.

ENDOWED (4.35pm Ascot)

My only other ride is Endowed who is a newcomer for Richard Hannon in the novice stakes. I don’t know too much about him, but he looks a nice type on paper and being by Dark Angel should be fine on the ground. It looks a hot little contest, but I always respect the yard’s two-year-olds at this track and am looking forward to riding him.

Good luck


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