It’s great to see someone who has achieved so much in the sport still as hungry and driven as he is. To see what it meant to him said it all. Frankie played down all the stories and rumours about his standing at Godolphin
afterwards, but it couldn’t have been better scripted, could it?
I would have Frankie around Ascot ahead of any other jockey in the world. He’s a class apart.
Bronze Angel ran a blinder to come third for me in the Britannia Stakes yesterday. It was a shame he had no-one with I’m for the final furlong. I’m not saying he would have beaten the winner, who looked well-handicapped, but it would have helped to have been drawn on the far rail where the action was. At least he has shown he can make his mark in the big handicaps this season.
Hopefully we will be able to put a line through Momentary’s run. She got a bump around Swinley Bottom and never was in a rhythm. As for Margot Did, she never got going, and it’s difficult to put your finger on why she hasn’t shown the form of last year.
On to today, Primaeval was very impressive at Goodwood last month. It was his first win on turf since 2009 and I had a very slight concern that he may be better on the all-weather, but that doubt was firmly put in its place with the comfortable win.
There was talk of going for the Royal Hunt Cup over a mile, but I think the seven furlongs of the Buckingham Palace Stakes will suit him better as he has so much speed. James Fanshawe hasn’t had much luck so far this week but hopefully
it will all go to plan today.
If I don’t win, I hope Tariq Too does for my good friend Amy Weaver, who trains him. I think this fresh soft ground will really suit him, rather than the sticky ground he encountered last time at Ascot. I think he’s got a real chance.
I remember saying in the blog that he was very highly regarded by the team, and was well handicapped for his last run, so I don’t think his victory came as a big surprise. He stayed on well that day and there’s no reason why the step up to a mile and six furlongs should pose a problem.
I have one ride on Saturday – King Of Jazz in the Wokingham, who was third in the Victoria Cup on soft at Ascot last time. He’s in good form at home. The stiff six furlongs and big field will suit him.
I, like everyone else, can’t wait to see Black Caviar run and I think she’ll win. She could have most to fear from Society Rock, who is trained by James Fanshawe and I understand he’s in good form at home. He likes Ascot and I’d love to see him run well for James.
I’ve got two bullets left to fire for Royal Ascot – otherwise I am going to have to wait another 12 months to see if I can ride my first winner at the meeting.