All eyes have been on the Qatar Goodwood Festival this week, but it was a bit of a write-off for me.
I flew down one for ride on Thursday, and it was a wasted journey in the end. I rode Kings Gift, who beat one home and clearly didn’t like the very soft conditions. I had a really rough flight down and was sick for the most of the journey. Poor Connor Beasley was the unlucky one sitting next to me!
I was there to see Winter win the Nassau very comfortably, and she has turned into the real flagbearer for Aidan O’Brien this year. It appears different conditions and distances all come alike to her and she is the real deal.
Before I get on to my own rides, I have had a quick look at Saturday's Qatar Stewards’ Cup and Danzeno looks the one for me. He has done his trainer, Michael Appleby, proud this season, finishing fifth in the Wokingham before taking the big £100,000 handicap back at the track last month.
My best chance of a winner lies with Finn Class and Uber Cool at Thirsk.
Finn Class loves the track, having won twice there, and is only 2lb higher than his last winning mark. He has winning form on soft and holds an obvious chance in the totepool Thirsk Summer Cup Handicap.
I rode Uber Cool on his debut and he built on that to finish fifth to UAE King before breaking his maiden at Catterick last month.
His form is solid, he is drawn well in one and the trip of a mile and four furlongs will suit in the Bet totequadpot At betfred.com Handicap.
Rossall has done nothing wrong. He’s coming back to five furlongs, which I think will suit, and he will love the ground. Hopefully he can get his head in front in the Keep Calm - Miss Smith's Getting Hitched! EBF Novice Stakes.
We still haven’t got to the bottom of Thornton. He jumped a bit slow at Haydock last time and we were further back than we would have liked, so I think you can put a line through that run and he should fare better in the Mark Brown 50th Birthday Celebration Handicap.
Bamber Bridge, who runs in the Peter Bell Memorial Handicap, won on his debut before finishing fourth in the big sales race at Doncaster last year. He was down the field on his return this season, but he’s been working well and the step up in trip will suit.
Ninjago wears a visor for the first time, which should put him spot on for the Bet toteexacta At betfred.com Handicap.