IT was a wonderful moment to win for HM The Queen at York on what was my first ride in the royal silks.
Diploma is trained by Sir Michael Stoute for whom I was winning for the first time too, and the filly took the Knavesmire race in some style – the equivalent contest in 2015 threw up a subsequent classic winner in Covert Love, so it identifies some nice types!
After the excitement of the first Saturday at York, I take 10 rides over the course of the next two days, nine of them at Haydock Park.
The best is left until last – that is So Beloved in the Group 3 Jury Stakes tomorrow at 3.10pm, a race live on Channel 4.
As well as winning form at the north west track earlier this year in a Listed contest, he has winning form from the corresponding Saturday in 2015 at York.
So Beloved is a very good horse and holds an entry in the Group 1 Sussex Stakes.
My other two rides tomorrow include another previous York winner.
Lustrous is a new horse at David O’Meara’s yard, having been with Richard Hannon Jnr until a few days ago.
She won on Knavesmire back in 2014 and then went on to be runner-up in last year’s Lancashire Oaks over the same course and distance that she faces tomorrow.
So the 2.35pm tomorrow sparks my interest.
My first ride of Saturday is Rousayan in the 2pm handicap.
He is a lovely horse that has enjoyed a number of successes at Beverley, so he needs to carry that winning form across the Pennines.
Back to today and my book of rides wouldn’t promise the same chances, but you see how I fare on Racing UK.
Our Boy could go well though in the 2.40pm novice event at Haydock. He was third at Newbury and that experience will stand him in good stead.
The other ride of note would be Master Bond who I drop into Pontefract to ride at the evening meeting.
Both are owned and bred by the Bond family, who operate their tyre business out of Pocklington. He’s got plenty of miles on the tread and is a consistent sort.
He usually picks up a race each year – hopefully the 8pm tonight will be the one!
Next week is the Investec Derby Festival.
I don’t have any rides booked yet, but still hope to be on Epsom Downs.
The winner of the Betfred Dante at York – Frankie Dettori’s mount, Wings Of Desire – is currently the joint-favourite for the blue riband event, as he bids to be the 11th colt to taste success at York and then at Epsom – so following the wonderful path taken by Golden Horn only last season.
After that, my focus will then be back on matter a lot closer to home as the York Macmillan Charity Meeting will be close at hand.
The next racing at York is the June Meeting on Friday 10 and Saturday 11 June.
The latter is the Macmillan Charity raceday which has raised over £6.5 million for good causes.
Amateur riders will be doing their bit to add to the funds by taking part in the Best Western Hotels Macmillan Ride of their Lives.
Find out more and book tickets at www.yorkracecourse.co.uk.