Thursday turned out to be a very good night, with three winners from four rides. Looking at my rides going into it the evening, I thought a couple had OK chances, so I was more than happy to come away with a treble.
The first one, Hurricane Rock for Simon Dow, didn't actually get a great run around and was a little bit slow out of the gates. So I had to come from further back than I would have wanted, but he picked up nicely in the straight and got his nose down when it mattered. It was really good to win with him as it's been a while.
With Eesha Beauty (Marco Botti) we got a nice position early on but it was quite a messy race and we ended up a little bit wider than I would have wanted coming into the home straight. But she took me into the race very well and won quite readily. She hit the line well and she should progress.
Iftitah, for George Peckham, was another one who was a little bit slowly away but travelled really well. He came from off the pace and once I edged him out and he came with his run he did it quite cosily. He's another one who it is good see back in the winner’s enclosure after a long time out of it.
With the all-weather you've got less to think about with regard to the surface because it's consistent and horses tend to be more balanced on it. They race quite a lot tighter on the all-weather and the pace is usually quite strong and I don't mind it at all.
It's interesting that I have a decent strike rate and a healthy overall profit to level stakes on synthetic surfaces. I'm not here throughout the winter so my number of rides in total is a lot lower on the all-weather and I think my agent must be putting me up on some nice horses.
I'm on 47 winners now, just 12 behind my total for last year. I don't really set targets but I wanted to ride at least 60 winners this season and at the moment, touch wood, we look on course to do that and register my best season numbers wise in the UK. A few more days like Thursday would be most welcome!
Earlier in the week, I rode Highland Acclaim to win at Epsom. He's quite a quirky sort who just loves what is definitely a specialist track and he needs a strong pace early on.
If he can get that he's always got a chance and that's probably why he likes Epsom - they tend to rush to get a good position before that first bend and it helps him settle into his race.
Many horses seem to get unbalanced there on the cambers but he just happens to be a well balanced horse. It's hard to say if he can get back to a mark of 103 but when everything drops right for him he's a good horse and doing everything right at the moment.
I'd had a terrible day on Monday at Epsom, getting unseated from Chica De La Noche coming out of the stalls - she just tripped and I ended up going over her ears.
Later in the day I was riding one for David O'Meara - my only other ride on the day - the saddle slipped back and I had to pull him up after a furlong. Fortunately I came out of the day unscathed and it was just my pride that took a little bit of a dent.
Last Saturday, Magic Circle produced a big run to come fifth in the Ebor. I was not disappointed about that. I felt he ran a big race considering he had won on Wednesday and he can definitely progress in staying races. He's a nice solid horse, a potential Cesarewitch type.
A thin day:
Saturday has ended up being a very quiet day with just one ride for Charlie Hills, which is disappointing but it's quite a thin Saturday and that's sometimes how it goes.
I ride Rosarno at Sandown in the 5.20. I've looked at the form and seen that his last win came at Newbury over a mile. Saturday's trip over an extra two furlongs shouldn't be a problem but he will certainly need to show a bit more than he has done of late and if he does he can certainly run into a place for sure.
Ireland a better bet for Eminent?:
There is plenty to look forward to in the racing world ahead of the climax of the season. If I owned Eminent, I would possibly lean towards the Irish Champion Stakes over the Arc but it's a very tricky one.
The Arc is naturally a very competitive race and he might get a slightly more straightforward race in Ireland. I guess you would rather swerve Enable if you can, even though people say you should never be afraid of one horse.
As for Cracksman, you can definitely sympathise with the dilemma connections face over whether to run him or not again this season as he has all the credentials to make a really nice four-year-old.
He's tough and he's in great form, showing us what he's about so it's hard to end his season when there are big races coming up. You can make a case for either side of the argument and you'd have to respect whatever connections decide.