I rode out at Andrew Balding’s on Wednesday morning and sat on a couple of nice two-year-olds. It was then onto the races for day two which was a little bit painful as Rochester House led everywhere bar the line in the staying handicap. He was really brave and I thought we were going to hold on as we opened up a bit of a gap on the field but we just got nabbed on the line by Just Hubert. Mark Johnston does such a good job readying his horses for this meeting and he has run a super race. Onto the third day of action and it’s a slightly less busy day than I had hoped as Group One Power is now a non-runner in the 10-furlong contest. Anyway, I’ve still got the three rides including Queen Power in the Nassau Stakes. I recorded another Zoom Room – sorry about the reception in places – it’s never great at Goodwood!
QUEEN POWER (3.15pm – Nassau Stakes)
The big race of the afternoon is the Group One Nassau Stakes where I’m really looking forward to riding Queen Power again. She is another at home on a decent surface and I’m hopeful of a really big run. She finished second over this trip on her reappearance behind Terebellum at Newmarket where she just got a little bit tired. That form looks pretty smart now considering how close Terebellum got to winning the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot. My filly ran well enough herself at Ascot finishing third in the Duke of Cambridge Stakes. The ground was a bit loose that day and I’m sure the combination of a better surface and step up in trip will see her in a better light. Obviously Nazeef, who beat us that day, sets the bar pretty high. She won the Group One Falmouth Stakes last time and is on the upgrade. When you throw in the likes of Magic Wand, Fancy Blue and last year’s winner Deirdre, you have one hell of a race. I am happy with my filly though and Sir Michael Stoute wouldn’t be running her here if he didn’t think she had a squeak.
DREAMS UNWIND (4.20pm)
It is always great to ride one for Mark Johnston at this meeting as he seems to do so well here. Maydanny gave me a real buzz on the opening day and I am looking forward to partnering Dreams Unwind in the fillies’ maiden. I finished second on her at Newbury just over a week ago on her debut where we came up against a smart filly of Ralph Beckett’s. she is bound to have learnt plenty for that experience and should take a big step forward again. If she does, she should be very competitive.
WINTER POWER (4.55pm)
My best chance of a winner on the day has to be Winter Power in the last for Tim Easterby. She barely came out of a canter when bolting up at Redcar on Monday and makes a quick reappearance here with a penalty. She is a filly we have always liked and it may have taken her a couple of races to learn her game. The ground should be perfect for her and she should take some stopping if showing no ill effects for a quick reappearance.