I wanted to thank you all for the kind messages after my fall at Chelmsford last night. I have broken my collarbone and I am badly battered and bruised – It was as bad a spill as I have ever had and I’m lucky to have been able to walk away from it. I got home from hospital at around 4am this morning – breaking a bone on the Friday of Bank Holiday isn’t the best time to do it. Unfortunately, I will be out for at least four weeks, but I will use the time to recharge my batteries and will be back as soon as possible.
The plan had been to post my thoughts on the final day of the Ebor meeting which had promised to be my strongest book of rides of the week. Anyway, here are my thoughts and I will be watching, like you, on television…
BANGKOK – 1.50pm
Only the six runners in the opening Strensall Stakes where I was supposed to ride Bangkok for Andrew Balding. You can ignore his last run here at York where he hated the soft ground. He has a lovely action and just wants decent ground which he should get here. The drop in trip shouldn’t inconvenience him too much as he has a decent turn of foot and I’m looking forward seeing how he gets on. Wissahickon and Zaaki set the bar pretty high though.
ALMANIA – 2.25pm (Melrose Handicap)
Almania probably wasn’t suited by the drop back in trip at Goodwood last time and had previously shown a decent level of ability when fifth at Royal Ascot. This step up in distance promises to suit him and he shouldn’t be far away. It does look wide open with some pretty smart types trying this sort of trip for the first time. Frankie (Dettori) rides First In Line for John Gosden and he looked very good last time. If he stays, he might just be the one to beat.
SHINE SO BRIGHT – 3.00pm (City Of York Stakes)
A good-looking renewal of the City Of York Stakes which sees the return of Shine So Bright who is having his first run back after a bit of a break. He’s not run since not quite lasting home when sixth in the 2000 Guineas over a mile. This seven-furlongs on decent ground should be just what he wants with the only negative being that he hasn’t run since May so may just be a little ring rusty. Laurens is obviously a very smart filly and Cape Byron is another you have to respect.
CLEONTE – 3.40pm (Ebor Handicap)
Now that there is £1 million up for grabs in the Ebor, the quality of those taking their chance is now remarkable. Cleonte is a proper stayer and will relish a hard run, big field race like this. The draw in trap one is a bit of a concern as you have tended to have wanted to be drawn out wide in recent renewals. It is what it is though and the faster they go the better for him. There are dangers everywhere, but I guess King’s Advice is still the one we have to beat. Mark Johnston has done a remarkable job with him and it’s amazing to think that he was rated 71 when he won at Lingfield in March. He is now rated 113 and may not have stopped improving yet either!
DR SIMPSON – 4.10pm
Dr Simpson meets the opposite sex here but ran well at Newbury last time to suggest she could be competitive in a race like this. She showed plenty of speed when she won at Chester earlier in the season.
JOHNNY DRAMA – 4.45pm
Johnny Drama didn’t seem to stay at Ascot two starts back and ran much better at Goodwood on his first start for Andrew (Balding) than his finishing position suggests. He was slow away and the gaps didn’t really open – nonetheless he wasn’t beaten that far. This trip looks perfect and hopefully he can go well despite not having a great draw.
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