If the weather forecasts are to be believed there could be plenty of rain about at both Ascot and at York where I have six rides. It’s a bit frustrating after such a dry sunny week the majority of my chances all want decent ground. The reason I am at York rather than Ascot is to ride Bangkok for King Power Racing in the Group Two. He bounced back last time and I’m hoping it’s a bit drier than predicted. Next week I will be back with a blog each day of Glorious Goodwood where I have plenty of nice rides to look forward to. Anyway, here are my thoughts on my mounts at York…
LOVE DREAMS 2.05pm
I kick-off aboard Love Dreams for Mark Johnston in the opener. He has been busy of late and is just a couple of pounds higher than when he won at Beverley early last month. Even though he has won off a higher mark in the past, he may just need a bit of help from the handicapper. He seems at home on a decent surface so wouldn’t want too much rain to arrive. One horse that won’t mind the rain is Get Knotted who this race is named after having won the last three renewals.
GLENAMOY LAD 2.40pm
The rain is also a concern for Glenamoy Lad who I ride for Michael Wigham in the Dash. He is having his first run back after a stint in Dubai which I suppose wasn’t a huge success. What that does mean is that he returns on a workable mark and another positive is that he has gone well fresh in the past. I’m hoping that first-time blinkers will also sharpen him up so there are grounds to be positive if it stays dry. Tim Easterby looks to hold a strong hand with the likes of Flying Pursuit and Staxton leading his challenge.
BANGKOK 3.15pm (Sky Bet York Stakes)
After a below par run in the Derby, I was thrilled with the way Bangkok bounced back to finish second behind Japan at Royal Ascot He just didn’t seem to handle Epsom and was much more at home back on a flat track. Even though three-year-olds don’t have a good record in this race, he is reportedly in good form at home and I’m hopeful of a good run. I suppose the one worry with him would be the weather if it suddenly got very wet. He handled the rain-softened ground at Ascot but wouldn’t want it really bad. Regal Reality looks the one to beat on paper, but every drop of rain that falls will help Addeybb.
I’ve never ridden Grandee who I get the leg up on in the two-mile handicap for trainer Roger Fell. He ran really well over 1m 6f at the July meeting at Newmarket so looks well worth a try at this trip as he stayed on well that day. He races here off the same mark so I’m hoping he can be competitive. Like all of my other rides so far, he wouldn’t want too much rain either by the look of things.
Another one for trainer Roger Fell as I am set to ride topweight Tamreer in the fillies’ handicap. She has been really consistent of late but sadly the handicapper has taken notice of that and she lines up here off a career high mark of 89. She drops back down to the trip she won at back in June at Newcastle so that is a positive. Without sounding like a scratched record, she may not want too much rain either as 10 stone is a lot to shoulder if the ground gets bad. There look to be dangers everywhere with the likes of Red Hot and Audarya catching the eye.
COME ON LEICESTER 5.25pm
My final ride of the afternoon is another for King Power Racing. Come On Leicester has been a little disappointing this season so far but she has slipped down the weights as a result. She won on rain-softened ground at Leicester on her last start as a two-year-old so the rain shouldn’t bother her. She was a little outpaced over six furlongs last time so the return to seven furlongs will hopefully help her. She definitely has ability and hopefully she will decide to return to form here.
It looks like being a cracking King George at Ascot which I will watch from the Weighing Room at York…
King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes (3.40pm Ascot)
I was a bit surprised to see as many as 11 declared for this in what looks a match between Enable and Crystal Ocean on paper. It is so difficult to oppose Enable after her brilliant reappearance in the Eclipse at Sandown. She will relish the return to this trip and won’t mind the rain if it comes too. I guess Crystal Ocean has improved plenty this season, but he needs to improve again to beat such a talented mare.
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