IT was great to see Lightning Spear win the Sussex Stakes for David Simcock.
I ride a lot for David – he and his wife Jennie are a great team. They’re very loyal people and they’ve got good staff.
David obviously had a difficult day on Monday. He’s a very private person hence why before the race not many people knew his father had passed away. I’m sure his father would have been very proud of him.
I haven’t been at Goodwood as I was suspended until yesterday. It was probably the longest ban I’ve ever had – it felt like it as well. I got very bored!
I just took it easy. I went away for a few days but I was back riding out on Tuesday. You’ve got to keep yourself fit so I went running and had a few days in the gym.
I’m fresh and ready to go now so it’s good to have five rides at Newmarket today.
I start with Alwaysandforever (2.05). She was a little bit disappointing in a Listed race at Newmarket last time. They went very slow early on so I’m hoping they’ll go a better pace today.
I think this track will suit her. She’s just a little bit sluggish so on a sharp track she might not have the speed if it turned into a tactical race.
They’ve had to be very patient with her as she’s had injuries as both a two-year-old and three-year-old.
She’s a very lazy filly and they’ve changed the headgear from a visor to cheekpieces today. If she runs to her previous effort when a short-head second at Pontefract she should have a decent chance.
Porcelain Girl (2.40) won well for me at Doncaster last month. She’s gone up 7lbs and this is a much deeper race.
She got herself well handicapped by racing freely towards the front in her first three races. They’re likely to go a faster pace in this nursery and that will suit her.
She likes to be held up because she’s a bit keen but Newmarket’s July Course isn’t an ideal track for pulling off those tactics. She’ll have a place chance
Twist ‘N’ Shake (3.15) makes her debut in the two-year-old novice race. She was an expensive yearling and is a daughter of Kingman. He looks like he’s going to be a stellar stallion.
I haven’t ridden her at home but Luca Cumani wouldn’t be running her at Newmarket if he didn’t think she could put up a reasonable performance. Generally, unless they are exceptional, his horses take their first race and then step forward.
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Highlight Reel (3.50) is a little bit of an enigma – he can be keen in his races. I won on him last year at this track, which is obviously good.
He needs a fast pace and to relax. That’s why he wears a hood to try to get him to use his energy in the second half of the race.
He ran very well off this handicap mark at Ascot earlier in the season but I’m hoping the ground doesn’t dry out too much for him as he likes a bit of juice in it.
Balgair (5.35) has won his last two races. He won over today’s course and distance last time so he’s going there in good form.
I’ve had a look at the Stewards’ Cup down at Goodwood and it’s very open.
I looked at the draw and I was even more confused but there’s not as much strength in depth as there usually is.
It wouldn’t surprise me if something like Tupi ran well. He’s gone well in Listed races before and he’s come right down the handicap.