I have been knocking on the door since racing returned last week but I haven’t quite been able to get a winner. I have had a handful of placed horses and La Dragontea ran an absolute cracker in last Friday’s Lingfield Oaks Trial, where she looked the winner 2 furlongs out but somehow finished 4th. It was only her 2nd career start and I feel confident that she can build on that huge run.
This weekend, I’m at Kempton today, Newbury tomorrow for the MansionBet sponsored day and Goodwood on Sunday.
3:15pm (Fri) KEMPTON
HOUSE EDGE – MICHAEL BELL (
House Edge has been off the track for nearly three years since his very impressive win up at Musselburgh. We’re very happy with his work and I think that a mark of 80 is very generous. He obviously has to overcome a substantial lay-off but I think the fact that every horse in the race hasn’t raced for at least 100 days helps us too. I think the all-weather at Kempton will suit him, he’s a strong galloper and the long straight will help us. I rode him work the other day and he sharpened up again so he’s ready to go!
2:25pm (Sat) NEWBURY – Watch And Bet With MansionBet At Newbury Maggie Dickson Fillies’ Stakes (Listed Race)
FINAL OPTION – WILLIAM MUIR (
Final Option is a filly I’ve not ridden before but she had some useful form at two, winning first time out at Ripon before running with credit at Salisbury and Ayr. She wasn’t beaten too far in a listed race at the end of the season at Newmarket when the ground was soft. This looks a fairly deep race with plenty of experienced fillies involved but my filly certainly deserves her place in the field.
3:00pm (Sat) NEWBURY – MansionBet Abingdon Fillies’ Stakes (Listed Race)
ORNASSIS – CHARLIE FELLOWES (
I have ridden Ornassis over the winter since I won on her at Newcastle on her final start at 2 and she’s been going really nicely. Whilst this looks a very hot Listed Race, we are not going there for a day out and she is more than worthy of her place in the race! I imagine we’ll ride her with patience and hope to pick up the pieces late on – she is such a well-bred filly that it would be brilliant to get some black type with her.
*All odds correct at time of writing