Luke Morris is confident of his chances at Wolverhampton on Saturday
I, along with many others, was delighted to see Laura and Ian Mongan win the St Leger last weekend with Harbour Law, but I was especially pleased for the winning rider George Baker.
George is one of the good guys. He’s a genuinely nice lad and one of the most dedicated in the weighing room.
We all know about his height and day in, day out he’s hugely committed to make the weight and he goes about it in a professional manner. He’s one of those people that although he’s heavy you never see him doing overweight, which shows how dedicated he is to the sport.
Back in one of my very first blogs I spoke about the challenges of riding against George and Adam Kirby on the all-weather during the winter and how tough and talented they both are. We’ve all had our successes this season on the turf and I’d like to think George’s win is another sign that when we get the opportunity we’re as good as the rest of them.
It’s great for George and it looks like Harbour Law is going to make a proper stayer next year as well. Some of these Leger horses can drop back and run at a mile and a half, but he looks like stepping up in trip would suit him.
It’s a double-header for me on Saturday with rides at Catterick and Wolverhampton and I’ve got some good chances of winning.
2.25 Catterick – Shabeeh
He bumped into a very good Frankel at Goodwood last time and this looks an easier task compared to that. At the same time he’s still taking on a 92-rated rival in Tibr and he’s going to have to prove to be pretty smart to win. Hopefully he’ll be bang there and can find that bit of improvement to get his head in front.
3.00 Catterick – Law Power
He’s been slightly disappointing. He ran well at Newcastle two runs back despite jumping a bit sluggish, but the last day we felt he’d run really well and he he didn’t. We’re back a furlong in trip so I’ll look to ride him positively and hopefully he’ll show a bit more with the blinkers on for the first time.
3.35 Catterick – Xenon
She’s been very disappointing. She’s a sister to Krypton Factor, who was a top sprinter, so if she can get a win that’s very much job done for her and she’d be off to the paddocks. This might be one of the last chances she gets to do that. She seems to be struggling to see out her races, so we’re hoping the sharp track at Catterick might help her a bit there.
4.10 Catterick – O’Connor’s Girl
Her last start was her first since the beginning of the year and she was definitely in need of it. She doesn’t do anything quickly and stepping up in trip on the turf should play to her strengths as a thorough stayer.
7.10 Wolverhampton – Caitie
She always runs well but struggles to get her head in front. She needs holding up and producing at the right moment to win. She’s drawn wide so we’ll be forced to drop her in and I’ll ride her for a bit of luck. Hopefully she’ll be able to get some in this race.
7.40 Wolverhampton – Starshell
He’s a nice, big horse and I think he’ll need his first start today and learn for the experience. He’ll be one to keep an eye on for the future though.
8.10 Wolverhampton – Tenzing Norgay
He’d have a good chance in this. He’s stepping up to two miles for the first time which I think will suit, and he’s facing similar opposition to what he’s been running well against recently. Given all of that, he has to have a big chance of winning.
8.40 Wolverhampton – Encore Moi
He’s been slightly disappointing, but I worked him the other day and he worked really nicely with a horse who is rated a good bit higher than he is. He’s clearly got ability and has headgear on for the first time so that could help bring that improvement to the course.
9.10 Wolverhampton – Alsacienne
She’s got a big chance I think. She’s been knocking on the door and I think the switch to the all-weather is really going to be in her favour. She’s a work in progress and has been a bit of a slow burner so far, but I think she’ll go really close in this.