Paul Mulrennan: I always hoped this might be Que Amoro's year

By Paul Mulrennan
Tue 15 Jun 2021

The Racing TV ambassador rides three horses he has a particular soft spot for on the opening day at Royal Ascot - find out what he thinks of their chances.

With plenty of rides already in the book for Ripon and Redcar later this week, Tuesday is likely to be my only day in action at Royal Ascot, but with three great rides to look forward to, I can't wait to be involved.

I'd be amazed at any jockey who tells you they don't want to be riding at Royal Ascot, especially now that there will be some sort of crowd back to help with the atmosphere. Every race is ultra-competitive, the facilities are great, the track is invariably in great condition and the level of competition among the riders is high.

I've been looking forward to getting back on Que Amoro all year, and although we'd have liked to have got a run under her belt, it wasn't worth taking the chance when conditions came up really testing at Haydock.

To try and help get her ready for her return in the King's Stand Stakes, Thirsk were kind enough to allow us to her gallop her there last week and we had a great old spin.

I always hoped that this might be her year, and as I've said before, she has definitely strengthened up again from four to five. She has wintered really well.

She gave Battaash a bit of a scare in the Nunthorpe last year and she is definitely capable of another really big showing. The favourite is clearly a major force but you can never be 100% sure which Battaash is going to turn up.

This time we are drawn a bit away from him in stall four, but looking at the race, I'm pretty happy with my draw - there is pace close to us too.

Paul Mulrennan also talked to Racing TV about his hopes for the meeting

This is a tough, tough race. Tim Easterby's filly Winter Power looked some horse at York and you can't crab what Liberty Beach did at Haydock.

I'm not saying she will win, but I wouldn't be at all surprised if she out-performs her odds. She is bouncing. Every time I have sat on her recently, I've been left excited by what she might be able to do - and I can't help but remember that Mecca's Angel really reached her peak as a five-year-old!

Euchen Glen has been an absolute star but once again he's a double-figure price for the Wolferton Stakes despite having a very solid-looking chance on the ratings.

He's won on quick ground in the past and I think it's more just a question of seeing how the race pans out for him.

I think Jim Goldie would like to try him in a Group One at some stage, perhaps when there is some cut in the ground, but for now he's a horse who thrives on his racing and he will give his owner another great thrill by running at this meeting for the first time. The last time he ran at Ascot it was when we was winning in the Shergar Cup... over two miles! What a horse.

I went up to Ben Haslam's for a spin on Solo Saxophone the other day and he felt in great shape. The Ascot Stakes has been on his agenda for a while and having shown that he stays over three miles over hurdles, stamina should to be an issue for him.

As usual, it is a race packed full of interesting horses, some of whom are not exposed as stayers. But we should still be coming home strong when some of those have run out of petrol, so fingers crossed for a good run for the syndicate who own him.

He had a run at Newbury a month or so ago and he's come out of that really well. I'm drawn out in 20, but at least from that draw I know what I'm going to be doing.

It's been a decent few days, so hopefully we can keep up the winning run this week. One of the horses on which I was successful the other day, the Roger Charlton-trained Boltaway, is pencilled in to run at Redcar on Friday. She gave me a really good feel last week and I'd be disappointed if she can't go very close again.

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