The Racing TV ambassador celebrated a big winner at York on Friday and he returns to the track on Saturday with further success on his mind. Find out what he makes of the chances of his mounts.
This is York's final meeting of the year and there's nowhere I'd rather ride a big winner, so it was great to get Euchen Glen home in front on Friday.
Jim Goldie and I had a chat the other night about what we were going to do and we had a good look at the race. We made a plan to pop out and try and bag the stands' rail, we stuck to it and it worked out.
He's a very willing horse, a very gutsy partner and he stuck his head out. We knew he would stay and it was great it worked out.
Jim and his team deserve all the credit because he had a very serious injury after he won the John Smith's Cup and it has taken a lot of care to get him back to the racecourse in the sort of form where he was able to do that.
Paul talked to Racing TV after victory in the Betsafe Cumberland Lodge Stakes
I'm riding for Jim again on Saturday in the Coral Beaten by a Length Free Bet Handicap and I don't think my mount deserves to be the price he is.
Nicholas T isn't always the easiest to predict but I was on him at Haydock last time and he felt in really good shape. That was a pretty slowly-run race and I don't think it allowed him to show what he can do. Looking at the line-up for this, I suspect we won't have the same problem and he can definitely outrun his odds.
Hey Jonesy is a bit in and out, but he's got a perfect draw in stall nine and he's a Wokingham winner, so he's obviously got the ability to run a big race in the Coral Sprint Trophy.
Solo Saxophone is an interesting runner in the Coral Backing Prostate Cancer UK Handicap, a race that having looked really competitive at the entry stage has cut up a little, perhaps because some of those who could have run are at Newmarket in the Cesarewitch instead.
The favourite is obviously an interesting horse, but my mount likes York, won't mind the ground and I think you can make excuses for a couple of his most recent runs.
Solo Saxophone wins at York earlier this year
Blackrod is a nice horse and I had to watch from home when he won last time at Hamilton Parl as I was suspended. This is quite a tough ask but he's got a future and there's more to come from him.
The one I'm perhaps most hopeful for though is Northern Express, a really nice young horse who won well at Beverley. He was a little bit keen at Ayr and I probably hit the front too soon on him, but he's got a lovely draw in one for how I will hope to ride him in the Coral 'Racing Super Series' Nursery.
Looking at the field, there are obviously a couple of potentially smart prospects from the big Newmarket yards in opposition, but I think this one is a nice horse.We've teamed up with the National Hunt experts at Timeform to bring you a FREE copy of their latest book - 50 Jumps Horses to Follow throughout the 2020/21 season. Simply join and deposit with one of our 10 betting partners below and we'll send you a FREE copy. Click here for more details.
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