Great opportunity aboard exciting Millisle
5 Jun 2020
I have another great chance of recording a Classic success with Millisle in the QIPCO 1000 Guineas at Newmarket on Sunday.
She’s in really good shape and the vibes from Jessica Harrington are good, she says she hasn’t missed a beat with her and obviously she has some very good three-year-old fillies in the yard.
QIPCO 1000 Guineas contender MILLISLE having a good stretch this morning @Jessica_Racing
Champion jockey @oismurphy set to get the leg up next Sunday.
— Champions Series (@ChampionsSeries) May 30, 2020
I was delighted to get the call up, it’s a huge opportunity for me, it’s the stuff you dream of getting a spare ride in a Classic like this.
I’ve never ridden for Jessie before, but I’ve known her daughter, Kate, since I was a kid, we were both at Ballydoyle together, so I’d say that had a lot to do with getting the ride.
Run Wild runs in the Pretty Polly Stakes and we’ve been happy with her at home.
Her work’s been good, Rab Havlin’s been riding her and he says she’s been relaxing well. She should’ve won the Park Hill last year up at Doncaster, I messed up on her and James Doyle stole the race, riding us all to sleep.
LEGENDS OF THE GUINEAS 🙌
Who will etch their name alongside these heroes of the turf at this weekend’s QIPCO Guineas Festival? pic.twitter.com/0tNwGGTdvK
— Champions Series (@ChampionsSeries) June 2, 2020
She’s a big, strong, filly and I really like her.
Dashing Willoughby’s a light-framed horse and I have no doubt he’ll handle the ground despite the fact he’s got very good form on softer conditions.
He runs over a mile and a half in the Listed Buckhounds Stakes and we all know how good he is given that he won at Royal Ascot. He’s a staying-type horse, so the one question mark is the trip, it might well be too sharp for him, but it’s a good starting point.
In the opening maiden I ride Future Vision for Saeed bin Suroor, he’s a colt by Dark Angel and a half-brother to Teofilo so hopefully he’ll go well.
Good Birthday’s in very good form ahead of the Betfair Exchange Bet In-Play Handicap. He worked on the Downs last Saturday and we’re really happy with him.
He’s been gelded and I’d say a mark of 98 is fair.
Bell Rock goes in the Setting Odds On The Betfair Exchange Handicap and he’s a son of Kingman that has been going well enough at home.
Everyone’s been happy with him, but remember he won first time out last year and then was really disappointing afterwards, he’s another that’s been gelded. We’ll see where we are with him on the track.
I ride a newcomer in Eagles Crag for Ed Walker in division one of the Betfair Exchange More Ways To Win EBF Stallions Novice Stakes and in division two I’m on Boss Power for Sir Michael Stoute, he’s a son of Frankel that’s had one run at Yarmouth.
I don’t know an awful lot about those two but Bronze River I know well. He runs in the Betfair Weighed In Podcast Handicap and he was a slow-maturing horse, a sleeper early on, but he’s really come alive in the last couple of weeks.
His work has been sharp and we’re really happy with him.
Finally Daschas runs in the Betfair Each Way Edge Handicap and he’s a tough old sprinter. He’s straightforward and I’ve ridden him a few times before, including first time out at Ascot last season where he ran really well.
He’s a bit higher in the weights now, but hopefully he can put up another good show.