Luke Morris previews Champions Day at Ascot as well as his 8 rides at Wolves
What a year it’s been for Coral horse racing ambassador Luke Morris!
Before he gives his British Champions Day tips from Ascot and talks up his Wolverhampton rides on October 15, let’s first reflection upon his amazing achievements this season.
Winning the All-Weather Champion Jockey title again, Luke followed up with a maiden Royal Ascot winner, victory in the Weatherbys Super Sprint aboard Mrs Danvers at Newbury in July and rounded off the flat campaign with Prix de l’Abbaye success on Marsha.
Well done Luke! Read on as he reveals who he’d back at Ascot and what he makes of his mounts at Wolves…
We’ve reached the end of the Flat turf season with British Champions Day at Ascot and what a great day of racing it’s going to be again.
There are loads of good horses running and lots of exciting races and although I’ll be heading to Wolverhampton, I’ll be watching as much of the action as I can.
British Champions Day tips
Looking at the races at Ascot, I think Order Of St George is the one they all have to beat in the Long Distance Cup (1.25). From my point of view if he turns up in the form he was when he was third in the Arc then I cannot see him being beaten.
I think the Champions Sprint (2.00) is a match between The Tin Man and Quiet Reflection. Quiet Reflection has been superb this season and reproducing her Haydock Sprint Cup run would win her this race. I do like The Tin Man as he’s steadily progressive and I think he’s going to keep on getting better with each season. As for Shalaa, there’s the bounce factor on his second run after an absence and I’m not quite sure he looks as good as he was.
The trickiest race of the day is the Fillies & Mares Stakes (2.35). I think it looks really open but Journey is the one I’d side with. She was very impressive last time at Newmarket and she could take some pegging back in this.
Ribchester is the one for me in QEII (3.10). Galileo Gold may have peaked in the spring and early summer and the others might have caught him up now while Ribchester looks progressive and seriously talented.
And in the Champion Stakes (3.45) it’s all about Almanzor for me. I think it’s hugely significant connections skipped the Arc to come to this and I think he has to be one of the best, if not the best, mile and a quarter horses around to win the Irish Champion Stakes like he did last time.
As I said, I’ll be at Wolverhampton for a busy evening of rides and I should have some decent chances of success.
5.45 Wolverhampton – The Perfect Show
He’s always shown plenty of speed so I don’t think dropping in trip to 5f will be a problem for him and he’s got a nice draw in stall one. It’s a weak, winnable race and he has to have a good chance in this and will be in the shake up.
6.15 Wolverhampton – Penny Dreadful
She’s fairly solid and tends to run her race. Her trainer Scott Dixon has his horses coming back into a bit of form now so that should give her a better chance. I’d like to think she can run a nice race and potentially be involved as well.
6.45 Wolverhampton – Sakhee’s Gem
She’s a lot like Penny Dreadful in that she’s an honest filly and usually runs her race. I won on her a couple of starts back at Yarmouth and she ran well the last day at the same course. She’s back on the all-weather after those turf runs and needs to prove she’s as good on it, but I’d like to think she can be competitive in this.
7.15 Wolverhampton – Niblawi
He seems to have really turned the corner recently as he’s a horse that took a long time to get that first win. His confidence is up and I think that’s what you’ll need in a competitive race like this. He’s got a solid chance and is one I’m looking forward to.
7.45 Wolverhampton – Starshell
He’s one to put in your notebooks for next year as he’s a nice horse. He’s big and weak at the moment and he’ll be a nice horse when he’s filled out his frame.
8.15 Wolverhampton – Zarawi
This isn’t a horse I’ve ridden before so isn’t one I know a great deal extra about. He’s got a bit to prove on what he’s done recently, but he didn’t run too badly at Brighton in August and if he comes back to that form then he could run alright.
8.45 Wolverhampton – Spirit Of Gondree
He is what he is and he ran well the last day when second at Kempton. He’s got a tricky draw in stall 13 of 13 in this so he’s going to need a drop of luck to repeat that here.
9.15 Wolverhampton – Rowlestonerendezvu
I rode her in one of her maidens earlier this year and I thought she would’ve shown more than she has since. I don’t think she’s one to write off just yet albeit she’s been disappointing from my point of view as I thought she’d have gone forward. Fingers crossed she can show more here.
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