The Kirsty Column - my weekend advice straight from the saddle!
4 October 2013
Having thought I was going to be having the day off, I was delighted to get a late call from trainer Richard Guest to ride Ambitious Icarus at Ripon last Saturday and thrilled to win the five-furlongs (1000m) handicap on him.
Ganges can run well for the notebook
Ganges, my ride at Newmarket the day before, showed plenty of promise in the seven-furlongs (1400m) maiden, He got tapped for toe coming down the hill, but I liked the way he was staying on at the finish and he looks a good horse for next year when he'll be stepped up in distance. I see Racing UK presenter Oli Bell has also highlighted him as horse to follow in his column.
My Saturday rides
I'm looking forward to getting back into action on Saturday when I have rides at two meetings, kicking off with Alisios for my boss Mr Cumani in the seven-furlongs maiden at Redcar.
He was a little green at Leicester last time out, but ran on in the closing stages and did well to finish second. The race will have brought him along a lot and I think he'll be difficult to beat.
He's in the first race, so I should get to Wolverhampton in time to ride Mr David for Jamie Osborne on their opener, the seven-furlongs claimer. He won over the course and distance last month, and although he disappointed next time out, this is a winnable race and, fingers crossed, he'll bounce back.
Suni Dancer, my ride in the mile (1600m) nursery, looked all over a winner 50 yards from the finishing post when stepping up to this trip at Redcar last time, but just got run out of it in the closing stages. As this looks a lesser race, I have to think he has a chance of going one better this time.
Everlasting Light did not get a clear run, but was staying on at Kempton a couple of weeks ago. She's been working well since and should appreciate the step up in trip in the mile and a half (2400m) handicap.
Don't delay on Postponed at Newmarket
Looking through Saturday's cards, you might like to make a note of Postponed at Newmarket. An impressive winner at Yarmouth back in August, he's a colt with a lot of potential and I hope will be seen to good advantage again in the Tattersalls Millions Two-Year-Old Trophy.
Ascription, a late defector from last Saturday's Cambridgeshire Handicap because of unsuitable ground, was an impressive winner over a mile at Doncaster last time out and, despite his big weight, can follow up over a slightly shorter trip in the Betfred 'Goals Galore' Challenge Cup at Ascot.
Treve can compound Frankie's agony
Sunday's Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe is as good as it gets with an international field of multi-Group 1 winners lining up for the Longchamp showcase.
It's tough luck on Frankie Dettori, who misses the ride on the strongly-fancied Treve with a broken ankle. Frankie shines on big days like this and he'll be absolutely gutted to have to sit this one out.
Treve has won all her four races and, as you never know how good a horse is until it gets beaten, could prove a rewarding choice. She's a three-year-old and that's a stat that holds up exceptionally well in the Arc, which has also proved a decent race for fillies.
They tend to come good at this time of year and Thierry Jarnet, who rode Treve in each of her first three races, must be rubbing his hands with glee at having been called up to stand in for Frankie.
Supplemented into the race at a cost €100,000, she seems to have improved both mentally and physically with every race and ticks all the right boxes for me.
I'm a big fan of Al Kazeem. Trainer Roger Charlton has his star in tip top condition. The triple Group 1 winner will love the good to soft ground and I hope will run into a place.
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