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Kameko ready for a Classic weekend

5 Jun 2020

Oisin Murphy at Goodwood.

We’re back racing, but not as we know it. It’s obviously very different, the protocols are extreme and are so for a reason, it’s clearly needed, and anything we need to do to make sure racing goes ahead has to be done.

We’ve been getting text messages from the PJA about what’s expected of us and everything, so far, seems to be going smoothly. Long may that continue.

As for the first few days back, it was nice to get on the scoresheet on the first day with Alignak for Sir Michael Stoute. I’ve won on him before and he’s a nice horse. I think he’s going to be a nice stayer going forward.

Frustratingly I’ve had seven seconds since resumption, but I can’t complain too much as I managed to ride a double at Newmarket on Thursday thanks to Bright Devil and Inclyne, which was further evidence of the great form Andrew Balding’s horses are in.

Hopefully that continues, as it’s a big weekend!

Newmarket Saturday

It’s a big day Saturday as I attempt to win my first Classic aboard Kameko in the QIPCO 2000 Guineas at Newmarket.

I’m excited, obviously, and he seems in great shape. His work has been good and he’s ready to go. I’m not concerned about stall 15 for him, there are some good ones near me, Arizona is in 13, and it shouldn’t be an issue.

We’ve been working him at home without making life too hard for him, not pressing loads of buttons, as hopefully he’ll be in action all season long now.I believe in him. He’s a genuine Group One horse and a mile at Newmarket is where he starts but who knows where he’ll end up? I’m looking forward to the whole year with him.

Punctuation runs for the Queen in the Betfair Exchange Free Bet Streak Newmarket Stakes and he’s a big, raw, horse. The ground will probably be fast enough for him.

I really like him, but this is a competitive race and likely a stepping stone for something further down the line.

Paul Midgley’s very good to me, he always puts me on good chances, and I’d say Tarboosh will be primed and ready for the Group Three Palace House Stakes on Saturday.

I rode one for Paul at Newcastle the other day and he was in great shape, Indian Sounds, so I suspect it will be the same with this fellow.

Alemaratalyoum runs in the Betfair Racing Only Bettor Podcast Handicap over seven furlongs and Stuart Williams is good to me as everyone knows – we have a great strike-rate together [32 wins at 17 per cent].

He’s by Lope De Vega, so you might think the ground will be a touch fast for him, but he takes his racing well, I remember him winning at Goodwood last year the day after running at Chelmsford.

So there are a few things to bear in mind with him, but whenever Stuart puts me on one it has a good chance.

Nate The Great is a small but very tough horse and he runs in the Trade On the Betfair Exchange Handicap.

I don’t really know where we are with him as I’ve not ridden him at home, but I don’t think he’s missed any work and Andrew’s horses are obviously in terrific form.