Last weekend was a truly amazing experience. Partnering my first Group 1 winner in G Force in the Betfred Sprint Cup at Haydock was just fantastic.
He showed us his quality when winning at York’s Dante Festival this season and he has just gone on from there.
He ran ever so well in the Coolmore Nunthorpe at the Welcome To Yorkshire Ebor Festival and he went into the Haydock sprint in super form.
Six furlongs certainly seemed to suit him and it gave everyone at David O’Meara’s yard a great feeling of satisfaction when he triumphed.
Now he’s set to appear on the richest day in UK racing, QIPCO British Champions Day hosted by Ascot on Saturday, October 18, then possibly off to Hong Kong in December. Those are days to look forward to.
Back to this week and I started the St Leger meeting… at Carlisle on Wednesday. I had a winner so that was good.
However, I was riding at Town Moor yesterday and I am back there today and tomorrow.
Alejandro has won two very competitive handicaps at York this season. All he has to do now is to show his winning Knavesmire form at another racecourse. He goes for the handicap today at 3.45pm and must have a great chance.
The pair of horses which I think offer my best chances of winners over the next couple of days are my first two rides tomorrow at Doncaster.
Glenalmond targets the Group 2 Champagne Stakes at 2.05pm.
Trainer Karl Burke’s two-year-old won on his racecourse debut at Ayr in July. He then took a very big step up into Group 2 company in the Irish Thoroughbred Marketing Gimcrack Stakes at the Welcome To Yorkshire Ebor Festival.
Fourth place among nine runners was an excellent performance for an inexperienced horse. I think he will have a great shout tomorrow and will give a good account of himself. He’s certainly a horse to expect good things from in the future.
Out Do finally got the win he richly deserved in Ripon’s feature race of the year, the Great St Wilfrid, last month. He had been knocking on the door all season with two seconds and a third spot – as well as a couple of decent runs in tough handicaps at York. He ran a super race that day at the Garden racecourse and he’s been in fine form at home at David O’Meara’s yard since then.
He’s showing us that he’s ready to come out again for another run. I think he will be right up for it tomorrow and will have a real chance of following up with another victory.
In other races tomorrow, I am on board that grand old servant Penitent in the Group 2 OLBG Park Stakes. After a run at Haydock last weekend, we’re hoping that he can return to the form of 2013 when he tasted victory twice at York.
I then have a gap of almost three hours before the final race of the St Leger Festival.
In the meantime, the final Classic of the year looks very competitive. It will be interesting to see if Snow Sky can go one better than his run in the Neptune Investment Management Great Voltigeur Stakes, the most informative of trials for Town Moor, having produced 13 double winners.
His conqueror at York, Postponed, swerves the race but will face the Investec Derby runner-up Kingston Hill as well as four competitors that finished behind him at York.
We’ll know by 4pm tomorrow if the Juddmonte silks made famous by Frankel are back in a Classic winner’s enclosure.
There has not been a Yorkshire-trained winner of Doncaster’s feature since Bollin Eric obliged for Tim Easterby back in 2002. This year, the ‘home’ team comprises three Mark Johnston-trained colts – Hartnell (sixth on Knavesmire last month), Alex My Boy and Somewhat.
Anyway, back to my own mounts. In the concluding race at 6.05pm I am on board the consistent handicapper Ingleby Angel. He always tries hard and hopefully he can get back to the form he showed last summer and autumn when he scored three times in a row.
The next racing at York is the last two days of the season. Countryside Day is on Friday, October 10, while the closing fixture of the year on Saturday, October 11 features the Coral Sprint Trophy. Early bird tickets are available for purchase for both days. Further details at www.yorkracecourse.co.uk.