The day we have all been so desperate for is finally here! We are back at last and the season finally gets going at Newcastle today. Racing is the first sport to return, albeit behind closed doors, and it has to be a huge opportunity to showcase our sport.
I hope you have all coped okay with lockdown and more importantly managed to stay safe and healthy. I’ve had plenty of time helping around the house with the family and I’ve been able to rest my body after my hiccups with injury last season.
I’m delighted to be back for another season as an ambassador for Star Sports and will be back with plenty of blogs throughout a bumper June. If you didn’t manage to see it, I answered a few questions thrown at me on Twitter a couple of weeks ago…
Things have started to get back to a little bit more normality in recent weeks and I’ve ridden work all over. It’s been great to be back to Andrew Balding’s yard and they have some lovely horses to go to battle with this season. I’ll be mentioning plenty of the exciting King Power squad over the coming weeks, but it will be great to get the likes of Fox Chairman and Happy Power back on the track. Another one to keep an eye out for is Pappa Power who is an exciting prospect who we think a fair bit of.
As for today’s action, I’ve three nice rides to look forward to…
FREEDOM FLYER (2.10pm)
I sat on Freedom Flyer recently who makes his racecourse debut in this six-furlong novice event. He gave me a lovely feel and the son of Invincible Spirit looks well worth his price tag. The key is whether he can reproduce what he shows at home on the racecourse, but there is no reason to suggest he won’t. I’m really looking forward to riding him in what looks a competitive race. It will also be the first runner for the Simon and Ed Crisford training combination. It would be great to give the father-son team their first winner.
ART POWER (2.45pm)
Luckily, I’ve also been able to sit on Art Power at Tim Easterby’s and he’s another very exciting colt. He bolted up on his last start at York in October and feels ready to go. This looks a tough race though with Magical Journey bringing some strong form to the table. It won’t be easy for my fella with his 7lb penalty, but if he is going to head to a race like the Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot, he should go very close.
ROCK OF DIAMONDS (3.55pm)
My last ride of the day is another for Simon and Ed in Rock Of Diamonds. He’s had two starts on the all-weather back in February and March showing enough to suggest he should be suited by a race like this. If he takes a step forward he too should be bang there.
Enjoy the action.