By News Team
13th August 2021
Ripon is a very undulating track. Some handle it really well and other horses seem to hit every bump, so it’s certainly a place to look out for course form.
Over the six-furlong stretch, which we race over for the William Hill Great St Wilfrid, I would definitely rather be drawn high, stands side. It seems the place to be and probably the least undulating part of the straight. The middle is by far the worst place to be.
2:40 Dynamic Force:
My first ride of the day and it’s a small field with only four runners. Two of those are unraced and Karl Burke’s runner is two from two so it’s a hard race to work out.
My fella won impressively on debut. He didn’t beat much that day but the way he did it was very taking, and he could be anything so I’m excited for the ride.
3:10 Ventura Express:
I have a tricky draw in stall one, that’s the main thing we’ve got to overcome. I’ve won twice on him this year and he’s been running well since joining Paul [Midgely] but he’s on a career high mark.
Even though this is the consolation race for the William Hill Great St Wilfrid, it’s still very competitive and not an easy race to win.
The William Hill Great St Wilfrid is a cracking race and I think my lad has a fair chance.
He wears blinkers for the first time which could spark a return to form, and we’re drawn 19 of 20 which isn’t bad at all. It looks as though the best chances are drawn high so I’m pretty pleased with that.
His mark is falling, and he’s got plenty going for him, but he isn’t overly consistent, and these valuable big-field handicaps are not easy to win.
Looking back at Goodwood where he finished down the field in the Stewards’ Cup last time out and I don’t think he liked the ground.
Everybody is hoping for a better run on nice ground, so fingers crossed.
Mr Wagyu has been in top form this year and still seems to be improving. He is drawn 11 so just high enough to comes stand’s side and no doubt he will run another solid race. He did well to win at Goodwood last time out as I’m not sure that soft ground would have been ideal.
Music Society also looks a danger. The downside here is he is drawn in seven, but he has been in great form this year and Tim’s [Easterby] horses are flying. He ran very well at Goodwood in ground he wouldn’t have loved. With him being a hold-up horse, Cam [Hardie] may be able to bring him across the stand’s side and get a nice late run.
4:20 Kettle Hill
A two-time winner who was unlucky not to get a third win at York last time.
He absolutely flew home after a slow start so I’m hoping he can jump a bit better and be slightly more prominent.
He definitely has a great chance, probably my best of the day, and one I’m really looking forward to riding him.
5:25 George Bancroft
This will be his first run for this yard since being picked up at the July sales.
He was a winner last time out for Roger Varian and will probably be going jumping at some stage.
He won from the front that day, has plenty of stamina, and we’ll probably be looking to do something similar again, hopefully with the same result.
Palace’s Jacques le Marois to lose:
Palace Pier is obviously the ‘King’ of the mile division at the moment.
He’s got to give some weight away to some smart three-year-olds including Poetic Flare, but he has been very busy this year while Palace Pier is a fresh horse.
I feel Palace Pier is the one they all have to beat.
Merlin’s Lady felt smart:
It was great to win on another of Kevin’s [Ryan] two-year-olds who have been flying this year.
She was green but finished her race well and gave me a good feel.
Obviously, she has to step forward from that next time, but she felt as though she could be smart.
Marvellous time at Shergar Cup:
Riding at the Shergar Cup was a great experience, and I was absolutely delighted to get a winner in the first for Clive Cox, particularly as it was my first ride for him and my first of the day.
It was a shame we couldn’t carry on landing the points for the win, but it was a great day regardless. Hopefully I get another chance next year and congratulation to the Girls.