Sky Sports Racing Ambassador Hollie Doyle is set for a busy Friday in Newmarket before embarking on another journey ahead of Saturday’s card at the Curragh.
Joel takes a logical step to improve Tempus
The group two Al Basti Equiworld Dubai Joel Stakes (3.35) at Newmarket on Friday is a logical stepping stone for Archie Watson’s forward-thinking miler tempus.
He was simply brilliant at winning consecutive Group Threes last month, first in Salisbury and then defying a penalty in France, and he is more than ready for this step up in the class. I rode Hambleton Racing’s gelding in a fine piece of work at Lambourn last week, ready for a race he is more than capable of holding his own.
The one we should probably beat is Sir Michael Stoute’s Potapova, who is also rising in rank after winning the Group Three Atalanta Stakes at Sandown in August, but seems to be doing even better and benefiting from the fillies’ compensation.
It’s going one step at a time, but if all goes according to plan, Tempus will be targeting the Group One Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot next month on Champions’ Day.
Passion on the hunt for listed glory
I’m also looking forward to getting back to work Passion and Glory in the list Al Basti Equiworld Godolphin Stakes (4.45) Friday at Nieuwmarkt.
I won the publicly traded gala bets at Sandown in July on the six year old son of Saeed Bin Suroor of Cape Cross so I know what he is capable of on his day.
He wasn’t at his best last time in the Lancaster Stakes Group Three Rose at Haydock Park, but he hasn’t won at that level, so lowering his gaze a bit could work in his favor.
Harmony can surpass her huge odds
sweet harmony belongs to the outsiders in group two Al Basti Equiworld Dubai Rockfel Stakes (3.00) but is worthy of its place in an open renewal.
Richard Spencer’s filly hasn’t done much wrong, showing promise on the debut at Ascot before taking off in a Yarmouth girl and making a long journey at York’s Lowther last month.
She is a sweet filly that I have ridden at home and although she still has a crack at Group company with an official score of 89 she has plenty to like, the step to seven furlongs is definitely in her favour.
I am also a partner The Gray Phantom for Richard and owner Phil Cunningham in the Al Basti Equiworld Dubai Handicap (5.20). He is a horse to be ridden prominently, but has not had the luxury of an easy lead since winning at Yarmouth in April. The first cheek pads should sharpen it, so I’m hopeful for a better run.
Jane Chapple-Hyam’s Ready Account makes his third racecourse appearance in the Al Basti Equiworld Dubai UK EBF Confined Maiden Stakes (4.10) and while his future looks set to lie in handicaps, the move to seven furlongs should see him build on his last run at Pontefract.
Hoping Monster can pass the Irish test
Archie Watson’s two-year-old He is a monster really impressed me when he made a winning debut at the All-Weather in Chelmsford City earlier this month and tested his potential in the Goffs million (3.20) Saturday at The Curragh.
The son of No Nay Never is a big, heavy horse who is still quite retarded, but he surprised me in that beginner’s event at the All-Weather.
A large field on grass offers a distinctly different test, but we will at least get an indication of how far he has progressed with next season in mind as he runs for good prize money.
Eddie shines in international doubles
Spending last weekend in France and Sweden was quite a logistical challenge, but to ride a winner in both countries made the long journeys and delayed flights worth it.
Eddie’s Boy was the star of the show, winning the Group Three Prix Eclipse by over six lengths in Chantilly last Saturday. He is a tough colt that has done nothing but improve and is a real asset to his owners Middleham Park Racing.
He was one of Archie’s (Watson) earliest two-year-olds. He impressed on his Southwell debut in April before finishing third in the Listed Windsor Castle Stakes at Royal Ascot and winning the Super Sprint at Newbury. Not bad for a 45,000 gns purchase!
Sweden the next day was a bittersweet experience. I was beaten by the narrowest margin at Hambleton Racing’s globetrotter Outbox in the Stockholm Cup – a race in which he had finished a close second last year – but the success of their young Manitou in a seven-stage race of conditions tempered my disappointment.