FIRST things first, I’m delighted to have won the Silk Series for the third time.
It’s something that I set out to do at the start of the season, and to pull it off again is great.
It was super competitive, there are a lot of talented girls riding now.
I have to say a massive thanks to all the connections who have stuck by me this year and I’m definitely going to go for a fourth win.
Dad has obviously won 11 jumps championships so I want to win it as many times as I can!
It’s for a great cause in Cancer Research, we have raised a lot of money which is brilliant, so long may it continue.
It’s a huge day of racing at Doncaster, with the Park Stakes the first Group race of the day.
Shine So Bright beat Laurens at York during the Ebor Festival. James Doyle gave him an unbelievable ride from the front then and I’d be very surprised if he got such an easy lead again, but it was an impressive performance and he is clearly a horse on the up.
I also like Roger Varian’s Turjomaan who will relish the drop back to 7f.
He wasn’t beaten far by Duke Of Hazzard at Glorious Goodwood last time, and that form has been franked as the winner has since followed up in the Celebration Mile.
He is unexposed, he has only had four starts, so he would be my idea of the winner.
I’ve got a nice book of rides at Chelmsford on Saturday, starting off with Concierge in the 2.10 for George Scott.
He was third at Ascot last week, he ran an absolute blinder over 5f. He has run well at Chelmsford before, there should be plenty of pace here which he will like and he is back up to 6f which will suit. He has a massive shout.
The following race is worth a lot of money and I ride Turn ‘N Twirl for Simon Crisford.
She is quite a free-going filly, she can be quite keen in her races.
Chelmsford is a track where is often pays to be handy and she likes to race up with the pace, but I haven’t got the best of draws in nine.
If I can get away and get a nice position early she has a good chance. She won cosily at Kempton and I’m looking forward to her.
War Glory won the Chelmsford City Cup here last month. He is a legend of a horse, he is very consistent on the all-weather and he will probably be the biggest threat to us, along with Stuart William’s Breathless Times. Stuart’s horses are in great form.
I then ride Alabama Dreaming in the 3.20, she looks to be on quite a nice mark. She was sixth when slowly away at Leicester on soft ground, so she was probably a little unlucky there and I’m not sure she was in love with the ground.
The switch back to the all-weather should suit her and with a bit of luck she should run well in a first-time visor, but it’s a competitive race.
My last ride is Bustaan for Owen Burrow at 3.55. She’s an unraced three-year-old filly, she is nicely bred and there are plenty of winners in her family.
Richard Fahey’s Toronado Queen won on debut and carries a penalty here, and John Gosden’s Kempton runner-up New Angel look the ones to beat. But I’m looking forward to riding my filly
In the Champagne, Threat is the obvious one for Richard Hannon. It was good to see him get his head in front in the Gimcrack at York.
He has been super consistent at Group level, he has not finished out of the first two in any of his starts. He is a lovely strong colt who I think will be suited by 7f.
Kevin Ryan’s horses are flying at the moment and he has got Juan Elcano in here. He has only had two starts, he won first time out on soft ground at Haydock and then ran well behind Mystery Power, who I know Richard Hannon thinks a lot of, in the Superlative.
He comes here fresh having not run since July, but Threat is undoubtedly the one to beat.
I’m looking forward to seeing Logician in the St Leger. He is a beautiful horse and he keeps on progressing.
He was very impressive at York in the Voltiguer and there could be a lot more to come. This is obviously a step up in trip but I don’t think it’ll be a problem for him, he has a very professional way of going, he settles nicely in his races. He is an exciting horse and he is probably the one to beat.
I also like Sir Ron Priestley, he is a super tough horse, he stays all day and he won well in a good race at Goodwood last time. He has run plenty but he keeps turning up and he keeps winning.
Sir Dragonet annihilated the field at Chester and he has run well in defeat at Epsom and the Curragh since then. I think the drop back in trip last time wasn’t ideal for him, he does his best work late on. I think the step up in trip will suit him and I think we could see him bounce back.
There is some fantastic racing in Ireland on Saturday, too. Magical definitely deserves to get her head back in front in the Irish Champion Stakes, she has been running really well in defeat, often behind the mighty Enable, but she is a very talented filly in her own right.
I’d love to see her get her head in front. She is a worthy favourite but she has had several hard races this season.
Headman is a horse I like. He can be quite keen so he would want a good pace to aim at. He is an improving horse. He has a lot of ability. He showed a serious turn of foot on his last start in France and Roger Chalrton holds him in very high regard.
Laurens goes for a second win in the Matron later on the card. She won well in France and was just touched off at York, it’s great to see her back in top form after a slight setback.
Course form is so helpful and I’d love to see her win again.
Hermosa is a dual Guineas winner. She was well beaten over 1m2f at Goodwood last time, she can’t have been right as she is much better than that.
The drop back to a mile will obviously suit her, but I will stick with Laurens.
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