It’s been seriously wet up north but Newcastle put on another all-weather jumper’s bumper card on Wednesday where I rode a treble – two for Donald McCain and a mare for Gillian Boanas who had been off the track for 19 months. I’m looking forward to riding Waiting Patiently in the Grade 1 Clarence House Chase tomorrow as well as my four other rides…
Saturday 23rd January 2021 – Ascot
12.40pm – Punctuation
He’s a grand horse who’s fairly highly rated on the flat with form over 1m6f. He cost plenty from the sales and I’m led to believe he jumps well since moving to Charlie Longsdon’s. There are a couple in the race who are pretty high profile, especially Alan King’s horse, Tritonic, whose form is every bit as good if not better on the flat. As long as the ground is not too testing, I’m hopeful he’ll run well.
1.50pm – Kateson
He won the last day at Aintree when making the running – it was a good staying performance. He’s obviously gone up in the handicap since then but you have to think he has every chance in an open race.
3.00pm – Windsor Avenue
I know him pretty well – he was a decent enough Novice and finished 2nd to Imperial Aura in a Listed race, his first race this season. Obviously that horse went on to win a Grade 2 at Ascot so the form is strong. You can ignore his Cheltenham run as he got hampered very early on which unfortunately meant our chance was gone. He then came out and was 3rd in the Grade 3 Rowland Meyrick.
I think this trip (2m5f) will suit him better than 3 miles and again, it’s a competitive race but he’s going there with every chance.
Windsor Avenue Odds:
3.35pm – Waiting Patiently – Grade 1 Clarence House Chase
He ran really well on his last couple of runs, finishing 3rd in the Tingle Creek and 2nd in the King George over two different trips. I don’t think tomorrow’s shorter trip will be an issue but it’s obviously a very decent race and the favourite, Politologue, is in good form. Defi du Seuil is on a bit of a recovery mission but you would be foolish to rule him out and then you’ve got First Flow – who likes the track and will like the ground. There’s plenty of strength and depth but this lad’s in good form. The ground, trip and track won’t be an issue so we’re hoping for a good run.
Waiting Patiently Odds:
4.10pm – Tupelo Mississippi
He’s a lovely big horse who won two bumpers and has steadily improved with every run over hurdles. He won well the last day and the step up to 2m5f will be a plus. You’d have to hope he runs a big race. Obviously, you’ve got a couple in there including a horse of Alan King’s, Valleres, who’s officially rated 10lbs more than this lad but I feel this horse will be better for a step up in trip and soft ground. He’s a good stayer and will make a nice 3-mile chaser for next season.
Tupelo Mississippi Odds:
*All odds correct at time of writing.