It’s been a slightly more routine few days compared to last week, when I won a Glamour Award and then had my first ride in the Derby.
I attracted a lot of attention for being only the second female to ride in the Derby, although I have to say it was more from the non-racing people, and wasn’t such a big deal for the people in the industry.
Ultimately Cavaleiro just wasn’t good enough on the day but it was a great experience for me. It taught me that you have to blank out all the hype and buzz and ride every race the same, whether it’s a seller or the Derby.
Frankel still the one to beat
As for Camelot, he’s certainly a very good horse. After all, he made up a lot of ground to win the race and did it all very easily. That said, it’s difficult to weigh up the opposition and it might not have been the strongest of Derbys.
If Camelot and Frankel were to meet over 10 furlongs and I was given the choice of rides – it would be a very easy decision. I’d choose Frankel every time. Quite simply, Camelot would not get near Frankel.
Turn of the two-year-olds
It was good to get back on the scoresheet on Tuesday, when Amazonas won very impressively for Ed Dunlop. It rode like a good race, and she’s a nice progressive filly who will improve from the race when she no doubt steps up in class next time out.
Another two-year-old to keep an eye on is Shrewd, who makes his debut at Goodwood tonight. He’s been going well at home, is well regarded and we’re expecting a big run from him in the six-furlong maiden.
I’m at Windsor on Saturday for five rides, including my old favourite Efistorm in the six-furlong seller. I think he’ll run a big race. He’s won three times over the course and distance, will appreciate a drop in class, and won’t mind a bit of juice in the ground either.
I ride a nice two-year-old called Spiritual Girl for the guv’nor (Michael Bell) in the fillies’ maiden. She showed a lot of speed on her debut at Lingfield a fortnight ago and that run will have done her a lot of good. It’s obviously difficult to rate her chance given the nature of the race, but you’d think she’d be in with a shout.
Hinton Admiral is a winner of 16 races, and I think the drop back in trip for this six-furlong handicap will certainly work in his favour. Conor Dore’s horses have kept me going all winter though, and they owe me nothing.
Coming to a Racing UK screen near you…
Finally, look out for a Racing UK feature on me coming soon. I had the Racing UK crew in the house from 7am today, and Rishi Persad was asking the questions.
I think we all enjoyed it, which is the main thing, and Clarkey the cameraman said it was the first time he’d ever been cooked breakfast by a jockey! How rude of all the other hundreds of jockeys he must have filmed!
We also filmed my boxercise class, and Rishi couldn’t wait to have a go. So he donned the gloves and had a little session with my trainer. I think Rishi reckons he’s quite stacked, but my trainer said on a scale of one to 10, his power registered a one, and I’m not joking either. Hopefully Clarkey got it all on camera!