Hoping for Moor winners at Doncaster on Friday
12 Sep 2019
It was great to start the William Hill St Leger Festival with a win yesterday aboard Fox Tal. I was really thrilled with him – to reappear in what was almost a Listed race and win like he did was fantastic. I don’t know where he goes next, but he’s certainly got a bright future. I’ll be on the hunt for more winners on Friday where I have a full book to look forward to.
It’s a very good renewal of the Magners Rose Doncaster Cup with the staying superpower that is Stradivarius. Clearly he is the one to beat in this, as he has been all year, and I don’t think he’ll be beaten if he’s really on his game.
I ride Cleonte who has been in super form all year and has consistently shown a great attitude. We’re really hopeful of a good performance from him in this and you have to give him an each way chance. We know we’re up against with Stradivarius, and also Dee Ex Bee, who set a very high bar indeed. Hopefully my guy can outrun his odds.
I have plenty of rides on the card for Andrew Balding, a fantastic supporter of mine throughout my career. In the opener I ride Foxtrot Lady who’s in super form at home and I know the team are really happy with her. This is a competitive race, though. We won it last year for the same connections with Dancing Star and it would be lovely to repeat the feat in the same colours.
Genetics (2.40, Doncaster) ran a little bit disappointing last time out, but he had excuses. The time before he was touched off into 2nd at the Shergar Cup which reads well in this. His mark is fair for this assignment and I expect him to go well.
Golden Dragon (3.45, Doncaster) has a bit to find on ratings here, it’s a very competitive race where you can make a case for a few of them. He won well under a penalty at Windsor the other day so he’s clearly in good heart at the moment. Fingers crossed he’ll go well again.
I really like Berlin Tango in the Weatherby’s Global Stallions App Flying Scotsman Stakes. At the moment he’s a touch weak and tall, which makes me think he’s going to make a lovely three year old next season. The seven furlongs in this is no problem, and to me he is the standout of all the English runners. The big danger is Aidan O’Brien’s col Wichita who I know they rate very highly.
In the finale I ride the very consistent Storting for Mick Channon who has been running really well in defeat. He gets in off 8 st 12 where he will have a chance but it’s an open race.
Horse To Follow: Fox Tal
I won on him yesterday at Doncaster where he showed a great turn of foot. I’m unsure of his next target but he’s one to keep the right side of.