Simply hours after her history-making first ever journey in a Basic, Sky Sports activities racing ambassador Hollie Doyle travels as much as Musselburgh for 3 rides – with one eye very a lot on the Cazoo Derby at Epsom!
Though my first journey in a Basic did not finish in glory, I am delighted to have ridden a double on Archie Watson’s MEHMENTO and Epsom coach Simon Dow’s CORAZON ESPINADO.
I anticipated Mehmento to indicate what a superb little horse he’s and by no means had an anxious second within the Listed Surrey Stakes.
My solely concern was the rain-softened floor, however he dealt with it brilliantly and might hopefully give his homeowners Hambleton Racing a fantastic day trip at Royal Ascot, together with their star Glen Shiel.
Archie has him within the Group 1 Commonwealth Cup however now he is confirmed himself over 7f the Group 3 Jersey Stakes should come into consideration.
Profitable for Simon Dow on Corazon Espinado was a pleasing shock. I feared the journey may stretch him however he loves the observe was it was beautiful to get an area coach within the winner’s enclosure on a giant day.
It wasn’t to be for SHERBET LEMON within the Oaks, however she wasn’t disgraced. I used to be feeling fairly optimistic when the rain got here and was delighted to get a distinguished place from that vast draw however was at all times in high gear and feared I would get swallowed up when the tempo lifted. She’s a beautiful filly who nonetheless has a vivid future in Sample firm so there will be one other day for her.
Lengthy journey north in quest for black kind
I’ve at all times maintained that I am comfortable to journey anyplace for a winner so I am hoping to make the marathon journey to Musselburgh on Saturday a worthwhile one. I am heading over the border to journey BREATH OF JOY for my boss Imad Alsagar within the Listed Maggie Dickson Stakes (4.00).
It is a massive ask to win the 7f function off an official score of 90, as she’s incorrect on the weights with key rivals together with Richard Fahey’s Ventura Diamond, but when we will no less than end within the first three and earn some helpful Black Kind for the paddocks it is going to be mission achieved.
Skilled by Amy Murphy, my filly has run persistently nicely and will have gained at Chelmsford Metropolis final time however I obtained too far again and needed to problem out vast. She needs to be comfortable on the observe and is properly drawn in stall 4.
Completely happy to be in Johnston group for giant race raid
I am on certainly one of three runners from the Mark Johnston steady in Musselburgh’s function handicap on Saturday, the Edinburgh Cup (3.25).
ANNANDALE had gained three of his 5 races earlier than operating nicely beneath his finest when despatched off favorite at Newbury final month however gained on a sounder floor at Nottingham beforehand and a return to raised floor ought to assist.
Mark’s horses are notoriously robust and it would not be a shock to see him bounce again, however the Middleham ace additionally holds each likelihood with Nottingham winner Glen Once more and appropriately named backside weight Baileys Derbyday in a six-runner race.
Drop in grade a optimistic for Fell veteran
It is good to hyperlink up once more with Yorkshire coach Roger Fell at Musselburgh on Saturday. I’ve ridden a few winners for him from solely a handful of rides however hope so as to add to the tally on his admirable MUNTABAD within the 7f handicap (2.15).
Although he is a veteran now on the age of 9, he is proven he retains loads of means this yr and is a course and distance winner, too. He ran nicely at Beverley final time and this represents a drop at school.
Derby hope Leeper is one thing particular
Naturally I am maintaining the whole lot crossed for my fiancé Tom Marquand, who rides YOUTH SPIRIT within the Cazoo Derby (4.30) at Epsom on Saturday, and I will be shouting him on from afar.
It could be great to see Tom win such an iconic race for proprietor, Ahmad Al Shaikh, who has been very supportive of him. I can solely think about how excited he might be as we have each been so extremely busy and simply have not had the possibility to debate it. Actually, I’ve barely seen him in days!
I do know he was impressed with Youth Spirit after they gained the Chester Vase, a recognised trial for the Derby, and Andrew Balding’s colt ticks loads of the appropriate packing containers in what’s in now a large open renewal following Aidan O’Brien’s resolution to declare just one horse.
Given the power in depth at Ballydoyle, it was a giant shock to see solely sizzling favorite Bolshoi Ballet representing him on the ultimate declaration stage however that claims a lot in regards to the confidence behind the colt, who was unquestionably sensible within the Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial at Leopardstown.
I absolutely anticipate Ed Dunlop’s John Leeper to run a giant race, regardless that he does not have a fantastic attract stall 12. I gained a novice stakes on him up at Newcastle on the finish of April and immediately knew he was one thing particular in the way in which he performed himself and travelled by means of the race that day. He is a really well-balanced colt who ought to cope nicely with the calls for of Epsom, regardless that he’s nonetheless inexperienced.
Do not rule out William Haggas’s horse Mohaafeth, both, who could be an emotional winner within the silks of the late Hamdan Al Maktoum. This son of Frankel has progressed quickly this yr, profitable all three begins and settling properly in Listed firm at Newmarket final time. He is properly drawn in stall 4 and bred to remain.
Good alternative for Outbox
Archie Watson’s stayer OUTBOX has been a mannequin of consistency for his homeowners Hambleton Racing this yr, profitable at Wolverhampton and Doncaster, and appears to have been discovered a superb alternative in a circumstances race at Leicester on Monday (2.30).
A mile and a half on fast floor needs to be high quality for a gelding who has run nicely in Listed firm the final twice and I am wanting ahead to renewing the partnership if he is declared. He additionally holds an entry in a 1m4f handicap at Pontefract on the identical afternoon.