The Racing TV ambassador is out to bag another Group race with the amazing Euchen Glen when he heads to Newbury on Saturday, after his latest victory at York. Find out what he makes of his prospects.
Ridiculous as it might sound to say about a seven-year-old - especially one who missed a year with a serious tendon injury - I genuinely think that Euchen Glen might still be improving. The last three times I have ridden him what has struck me is that he just feels stronger than ever.
The handicapper has put him 2lb for his win last time, and there's a case for saying he could be rated even higher than 109. Addeyybb, who only beat us three lengths at Ayr, went out and won the Champion Stakes and, Desert Encounter, who chased us home last time, wasn't disgraced in fifth in the same race.
Re-live a neat tactical ride as Euchen Glen wins at York a fortnight ago.
His versatility is clear. When he won the Old Borough Cup at Haydock, he came from well off the pace. Last time at York, he was up there from the start.
Looking at the declared runners for the Pravha (St Simon) Stakes, my gut feeling is that we probably won't get as easy a lead as we got last time. Raymond Tusk stays further, so they might want to have him handy, while John Egan's mount Litigator has won from the front in the past in France and I wouldn't be surprised to see Silvestre have his mount go forwards too.
We'll have to see how things go, but if something else wants to go on, that's fine. It was very wet when we won at York last time and looking at the races there on Friday, it's clearly going to be testing again, but again I think he's pretty happy on most types of ground. He's just one of those horses you love to ride. To get another Group race with him would be excellent.
We move into a slightly strange stage of the Flat season now before the All-weather season really gets going, but when some of the turf horses are now being roughed off for the year.
One thing that might still raise the excitement levels is the jockeys' championship, as I have been watching William Buick start to close the gap up on Oisin Murphy in the last few days. It will be interesting to see how that plays out over the final couple of weeks before November Handicap day at Doncaster.
Talking about some of my fellow jockeys, it was a pleasure to watch Tom Marquand and Hollie Doyle get most of the plaudits at Champions Day at Ascot last weekend.
They are both genuinely nice people but, more than that, they are professional athletes who take their health and their fitness incredibly seriously and they have worked hard to get to where they are. Neither of them give an inch on the track and as role-models for the next generation of jockeys, you wouldn't find a better pair.
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