The Paul Mulrennan Column: James looks a winner in waiting

By Paul Mulrennan@PMulrennan
Fri 28 Aug 2020

Paul Mulrennan heads to Redcar for five rides on Saturday and the Racing TV ambassador give us the inside track on his mounts plus a horse to follow.

I am set for a busy afternoon at Redcar on Saturday where I have five rides and I can’t wait to ride two newcomers – who are both trained by Michael Dods – in divisions one and two of the British Stallion Studs EBF Novice Stakes.

We like running juveniles at Redcar as it’s a nice, fair track, so it is a good place to educate them at, and the team always do a good job with the ground.

Burscough and Cleveleys are both nice two-year-olds who are having their first day at school and will therefore improve a fair bit for the outing, but they are two horses we really like, and all the signals are right at home.

We will find out a lot more about them both on Saturday, but they are certainly worth following for the rest of the season.

James Watt, who I ride in the Market Cross Jewellers Handicap (4.05pm), only joined Paul Midgley in June and he has been learning about him on his past few runs.

James Watt was unlucky at Beverley a couple of starts ago

I thought he was unlucky not to be involved in the finish when I rode him for the first time at Beverley in July. He was denied a clear run on that occasion and it was a bit of a messy race as we got no racing room. He went close at the same track last time out and is well handicapped on his old form.

Paul is having a good season and I think James Watt is a winner in waiting, so let’s hope that is on Saturday!

I have picked up a good spare ride aboard Ring Of Gold for Mick Easterby in the Visit Novice Stakes (6.45pm).

Watch a replay of Ring Of Gold's debut run

He ran a really good race on debut at Leicester last time out and I think he could take a bit of beating. Mick is very happy with him and thinks he has come on a lot for his debut run too.

I have got a good strike-rate for Rae Guest, and horses I ride for him tend to win or be placed, so I am hoping that Land Of Winter will go close in the Watch Replays On Handicap.

I won on him when he bolted up at Southwell last year and I think Redcar will suit him. He returns to the flat following a couple of runs over obstacles and has been a consistent performer over the past 12 months.

Horse to follow:

Northern Express is an exciting two-year-old who showed a good attitude to win first time out at Beverley on Thursday and it was encouraging that he pulled five lengths clear of the third.

He came from a long way back and I thought it was a good performance. He has got a good pedigree and we think a lot of him, so he is certainly one to look forward to.

He has come out of the race well and may head to Ayr’s Western Meeting in September next. He is owned by a lovely man called Charlie Hill, who also owns Jawwaal, and he’s found another good horse now.

Adele an asset to ITV Racing:

It was good to see my wife Adele receive plenty of positive comments on social media following her appearance on ITV Racing at York last week.

Social media can be cruel sometimes, but she’s received nothing but good feedback and I thought she did really well.

She knows her racing and the form inside out, so I am looking forward to seeing her on ITV again at Haydock next week.

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