The Racing TV ambassador has been among the winners again this week and has seven booked rides on Saturday to look forward to.
Seven winners in the past fortnight has been a decent return and I am hoping I might just be in the winner’s enclosure again this weekend with some good rides to look forward to.
My first stop on Saturday is the start of the Go Racing In Yorkshire Summer Festival at Ripon and Mecca’s Hot Steps, who lines up in the British Stallion Studs EBF Maiden Stakes, could be my best chance of the day.
She has already had three runs, but after she finished third at Redcar last time, Mr Dods just decided to give her a few weeks off to strengthen up a bit and she has come back looking in great order.
The form of that race has been boosted by the winner going down to Sandown and landing a nice prize since, so hopefully she can come out and break her maiden here.
There is a little bit of rain in the forecast, but that should not bother her at all.
After three rides at Ripon, I’m off to Doncaster where I’ve got four more, and hopefully they have all got chances.
Maurice Dancer is an interesting newcomer for Julie Camacho and the Elite Racing Club in the Keeping Hope Alive Novice Stakes. A son of Kodiac, he is a homebred colt by Elite and related to some really smart performers who have carried those silks.
I imagine whatever he does, he will come on for the experience, but I’ve had some good times in these silks, with the likes of Dandino and, of course, Judicial for the same stable.
Byron’s Choice has got to have, hopefully, at least an each-way chance in the Specialist Aviation Services Handicap. His last two runs have been solid, he’s got a decent draw in five, and a drop of rain wouldn’t be a big concern.
It looks pretty competitive but he is a tough and honest horse who deserves to get his head in front again.
My final ride is Bullion Boss in the Donate 5 Text Fly5 to 70800 Handicap and he is another one who has some form on soft ground, so won’t mind whatever nature throws at him.
He just bumped into a good one last time when he was second to a long odds-on shot, but he’s on the same mark and certainly didn’t do himself any harm by picking up some prize-money.
It won’t be easy giving weight to a couple of in-form rivals, but he must have at least a chance of getting a place as he stays well.
A horse to look out for is Queens Gift, who I gave a good mention to here last week before she won at Ripon on Monday. She’s thriving at the moment and we might just look at stepping her up in class to Listed company while she is in such good form – I thought that was probably her best performance yet.
I also won on Troubador in the nursery at York on Saturday and the race for him might now be the Redcar Two Year Old Trophy. He is very easy to like because of his nature. He has won on speed tracks and uphill tracks, on quick ground and on softer ground. Hopefully he can keep on progressing.
Finally, I was sad to see this week that Mark Tompkins has decided to retire from training. He was a good supporter of mine and gave me a ride in the 2008 Derby on a horse called Alan Devonshire. There was to be no fairytale for us that day at Epsom, but it was a great experience. I wish Mark all the best for the future.
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