I kick off at Wolverhampton with West Leake Hare in the six-furlong handicap for Charlie Hills. I rode him to come third at Doncaster in June and he’s never that far away but is one of those horses who needs everything to go his way.
Any Given Dream lines up in the one mile and three-quarter handicap. He was third at the course a fortnight ago and this smaller field of five will suit him more. Hopefully it will be a stronger gallop than last time too, which would benefit him.
I ride a newcomer, Prince Rakan, for my old housemate Amy Weaver in the extended one-mile maiden. I’ve never sat on him before but Amy says he’s coming to himself and ready for the run.
I think Hallelujah has a decent chance in the (Ladbrokes) Portland Handicap. I won on her at Goodwood in June and she was since third at York in July. She’s a nice big filly who still has a fair bit of improvement in her but she does like cut in the ground so I think everyone will be keeping an eye on the weather.
Leger legend in the making?
Of course, the weekend is all about Camelot and I’ve had a good look through the runners and I really can’t see what will beat him. Sorry to be boring but there aren’t any unknown quantities in the race, and no horse has shown a level of form similar to the favourite, who is 9lb clear of his rivals on ratings.
It will be another great boost for racing if he does win, following on from Frankel’s exploits, and he’s created a fair bit of buzz before Saturday’s race, so hopefully people outside of racing are sitting up and taking notice that we could have another real superstar on our hands here.
If the race doesn’t go according to the script then I hope Ted (Durcan) can win it again on Main Sequence following Mastery’s win in 2009. He needs a strong pace which he should get with a pacemaker in the field, but if there isn’t a good gallop, Ted will have a plan in his head.
Yes for Jess!
Finally, there’s been a lot of talk about who will win the BBC Sports Personality of the Year. I know Bradley Wiggins is a hot favourite, but I really hope Jessica Ennis wins. She was the real poster girl for London 2012 and had to deal with so much pressure, not just on the track but off it too.
She was all over the media for the last few months, if not years, with the whole of the UK pinning their hopes on her yet she always seemed to have a smile on her face and was happy to fly the flag.
Of course she obliged in style on that sensational Saturday a few weeks back now and I think to be the best over seven events makes her the most deserving recipient of the award.