It’s the first of two really good days of racing at Newmarket where I have plenty of really nice rides to look forward to. I have said it before but it’s lovely to be riding at my local track as it means less time in the car and more time at home with the family. I usually ride out in the morning and the fact that racing is at Newmarket allows me a little bit of time at home before racing starts. I’ve got four nice rides to look forward to on the opening day…
WINTER POWER (1.50pm – Cornwallis Stakes)
My first ride of the afternoon comes in the Group Three Cornwallis Stakes where I ride Winter Power for King Power racing. She has been in decent form of late, winning two of her last three starts. Both of those wins came with cut in the ground so she should have no problem with the conditions. This does look a much hotter contest than the Listed race she won last time so she will have to step up again. She is taking on some useful colts here and the likes of Method and Bahrain Pride will be tough to beat.
QUIET ASSASSIN (2.25pm – Oh So Sharp Stakes)
More Group race action where I partner Quiet Assassin for the first time in the Oh So Sharp Stakes. If I’m honest, I don’t know too much about her. She won nicely first time out but has since struggled when upped in class. She must be showing connections something to warrant another go at this level and hopefully we can spring a surprise. Irish raider Thinking Of You looks the obvious one.
HAPPY POWER (3.00pm – Challenge Stakes)
I am looking forward to riding Happy Power against eight others in the Challenge Stakes, again for King Power racing. This looks a typical trappy race and if you ran it nine times, you’d probably get nine different winners! That said, I wouldn’t want to swap my fella for anything else. He comes here in good form and in search of a hat-trick having won at Salisbury and at Goodwood last time (pictured below). All the rain wouldn’t be a problem for him as he handles all sorts of ground and, hopefully, he should be bang there.
3.35pm – Fillies’ Mile
Sadly, no ride for me in the feature race of the day, the Group One Fillies’ Mile. It looks a really good renewal and my eyes are drawn to the two O’Brien fillies. Remarkably, I’m actually talking about the two trained by Aidan’s sons. Pretty Gorgeous and Shale set the bar extremely high and will be tough to beat.
ANGEL POWER (4.45pm – Pride Stakes)
Finally, they say you save the best until last, and that could be the case for me. Angel Power might just be my best chance of riding a winner when she lines up in the Pride Stakes. She has won both of her last two starts and really appreciated the step up to this 10-furlong trip. She has a lovely attitude and is a filly I like a lot. She seems to handle all types of ground so the rain should be no bother to her. She has a leading chance.