By News Team
Last Updated: 27th July 2021
I’m really happy to be working with William Hill and what a great way to kick things off with a treble at Newcastle last week! It’s great to be amongst the winners and hopefully that can continue at Goodwood this week. It’s a very big meeting and it’s great that I can be part of it. The fact I’ve got some really nice rides over the next few days is even better. Winners at these big meetings are never easy, but hopefully all my rides can put their best foot forward and are there or thereabouts at the business end.
I kick things off with Helvezia for Ralph Beckett in the Oak Tree Stakes (2.25pm). She’s a lightly-raced four-year-old, who has had just the one run this year. She ran nicely in a Listed contest over course and distance at the back end of last season on heavy ground, so the testing conditions should be no trouble for her.
She’s got a nice draw in six and hopefully she’ll get a good gallop to run at because if she does, I’d like to think she could outrun her odds.
Next up is Boonie in the Molecomb Stakes (3.00pm). He ran a really good race when third in the Windsor Castle at Royal Ascot and I think the easier five here will suit him even better. I’m happy with the draw in 10 and I’m hopeful he’ll go really well.
There are clearly plenty of nice types in here with Fearby looking the likely favourite. He has done his winning on stiff tracks, though, and I’m not certain Goodwood will suit quite as well.
My horse will obviously have to handle the ground, but so will everyone else, and although I’d like it to be a bit better, it is what it is and I’m hopeful he’ll handle it.
I sat on him on Monday morning and he felt really well. He worked last week which Kevin was very happy with, so it’s very much all systems go and fingers crossed he can be in the shakeup.
Anadora is another who ran well at Ascot, this time in the Albany. She goes in the fillies’ conditions stakes (4.10pm) for which she steps back in trip. We probably stretched her a bit over six as she’s shown plenty of speed, so the drop back to five here should be right up her street.
I rode her in her work recently and she felt really well, so I’m hopeful she’ll be involved.
My final ride on Wednesday is Queen’s Sargent in the closing seven-furlong handicap (5.20pm). He’s had a bit of a break since running at York, where he didn’t run very well, so hopefully the break will have freshened him up a bit. That was on good-to-firm ground which I’m not sure is to his liking, so I’ve been pretty pleased with the recent rain.
He’s a hold-up horse and plotting a way through, especially at Goodwood, won’t be easy, but hopefully we can finish amongst the first five or six.
Just the one ride for me on Thursday but it’s one I’m really looking forward to in the form of Gis A Sub in the Richmond Stakes (2.25pm).
We’ve always thought plenty of him and he showed that promise when just touched off at York on debut behind Bosh, who has enhanced the form by winning at Newbury subsequently. He was just a bit green that day and would probably have won if he’d had a bit more experience, so it was nice to see him build on that when winning nicely at Pontefract last time. He beat Hellomydarlin that day, who has since been third in the G2 Prix Robert Papin in France behind a very nice horse of Kevin’s [Ryan] in Atomic Force, meaning the form has a pretty strong look to it now.
The track and ground are obviously unknowns, but I’m pretty sure he’ll handle both. It’s a competitive race, but we really like this horse and even if he doesn’t win on Thursday, I still think he’s a Group horse in the making.