The filly ran an absolute cracker to finish seventh in the King’s Stand last time. She really got going towards the end and finished with a real rattle.
I wasn’t on board that day, but rode her earlier in the season at Bath, where she was second in a Listed race. The winner, Beyond Desire, got a very easy lead that day, which made it difficult as Caledonia Lady likes to be held up. It’s always difficult to quicken off a slow pace and we just failed to collar her.
I think this stiff five furlongs at Sandown will really suit her. She’s tough and takes her races well and deserves to win at this grade. She’s certainly capable of it.
I have one other ride, Fortieth and Fifth, in the final race, the 10-furlong handicap. I am extremely thankful to the Bryces, who own him, for keeping faith in me as I gave him a shocking ride last time.
Sometimes you can hide behind bad luck and make excuses, but on this occasion you just have to put your hands up as we should have won at Ripon last time. I’ll be desperate to make amends and he’s certainly not without a chance.
As for the Coral-Eclipse, I’m in the Nathaniel camp. I know John Gosden said he might need the run, but there isn’t a stable in better form, nor jockey for that matter in William Buick. His King George win last year is absolutely top-class form, and his stamina could come into play on a stiff track like Sandown, especially if there is some cut.
I only have one ride on Friday, as Sign Manual has been withdrawn now. Chain Of Events is bidding for his third consecutive win over the course and distance in the 10-furlong handicap. He’s gone up 8lb since his last win, which isn’t surprising given how easily he won. He’s clearly in the form of his life and looks to have a solid each-way chance.
I know the weekend’s racing could be overshadowed if Andy Murray gets to the final of Wimbledon. I am not a fan to be honest and find the relationship with his mum a bit unsettling. As much as I love my mum, I wouldn’t want her turning up to the races and watching me the whole time!
I haven’t had enough time to watch the championships on TV, but I have listened to it on 5 Live a fair bit in the car. I have to say I think Clare Balding is brilliant. She really hooks you into the action and gets you involved – which is a great for a relative tennis novice like me. It’s also obvious that her fellow commentators have a tremendous amount of respect for her. People make time for her and it makes you realise how lucky racing is to have her in its camp.