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Eight rides to savour for Oisin at Doncaster

12 Jun 2020

This weekend I have some excellent rides on the card at Doncaster with eight runners to look forward to.

My first ride is Emirati Dirham (12pm). He did nothing wrong first time out at Newcastle when fifth on debut, the lads actually thought he’d improve quite a bit for it and the sire, Mehmas, is on fire, so hopefully he’ll go well.

Martyn Meade and I obviously team up pretty well and will do so again on Gossip (12.30pm). This one’s only had the two runs but gets to run in a handicap because of the special dispensation. She improved a little bit from Salisbury to Wolverhampton last season, but she needs to step up again. You hope that off a mark of 65 she’s not badly handicapped.

Publicist (1.05pm) is one I rode at Newmarket and I loved her. She got a little bit lost in The Dip, she’s a filly that’s going to get a little bit further in time, but I think she’ll run very well. Unless there’s an absolute champion in against her I think she’ll be bang there.

Longlai (1.40pm) is a horse I don’t know much about, other than that he’s by first-season sire Shalaa. Richard Hannon’s two-year-olds are normally pretty clued up first-time out so hopefully this one knows his job.

Always Fearless (2.50pm)is another I’ve not ridden before but he signed off last season with a win at Chelmsford. Owen Burrows’ Danyah could be well treated off 83, it looks a competitive race.

I’m thrilled I got the ride on Joyful Mission (3.25pm), he looks typical of Sir Michael Stoute’s in that you’d expect him to improve with age. He looked progressive before Goodwood last year and his trainer always has to be respected when he has a horse in this type of race.

Tadreej (3.55pm) is a nice horse and has been working well, I saw her on the gallops a fortnight ago. Mukhadram has done well with his fillies, the one that was fifth in the Guineas, Romsey, is by him as well. She’s got plenty of size about her and you’d hope she’ll have improved.

My last ride is Angel On High (4.30pm) who’s owner has been lucky the last few years as he had Knight To Behold and this is his half-brother. He was a Group Two winner and his last run, a win at Lingfield, was pretty good and his work has been good since, too. I hope off 79 he’d have a good chance, he should end up being a fair bit better than that.

Horse to follow:

I’m particularly excited about a couple of juveniles at Royal Ascot and specifically Sheriff Bianco in the Windsor Castle. He’s come over from America for Wesley Ward and Qatar Racing own him. I sat on him on Monday and he’s a big, powerful beast, absolutely massive, loads of strength.