AW Champion Jockey Luke Morris is hopeful of visiting the winners’ enclosure on Saturday!
The racing every Saturday at the moment is really competitive, with this weekend being no exception, so it was brilliant to be able to ride a double on Coral Winter Derby day last week.
I was hoping to nick one winner and thinking that would be a good day’s work, so to grab a Listed winner and then win a nice handicap as well was a real bonus.
The Listed Hever Sprint Stakes was a really strong race with the likes of Muthmir, Take Cover and Move In Time in there and Lightscameraction really put his best foot forward to produce a career best and I was delighted for everyone.
He’s a tricky horse to place as his turf form has not been as good as his all-weather form and he’s best at five furlongs as well so I think the options a fairly limited for him now.
I’m sure he’ll go to Good Friday and hopefully he can transfer the form he showed over five furlongs to six in the Sprint Final, although he’s by no means guaranteed to do it.
I didn’t ride him, but I thought Grendisar was the horse to beat in the Winter Derby as he’s such an all-weather specialist and when he has a good pace to run at his turn of foot his superb.
That’s exactly what happened last weekend and I’m still of the view that he’s going to be very hard to beat in the Coral Easter Classic. Hopefully I can be back in the winner’s enclosure this afternoon at Lingfield.
Apache Glory – 1.55 Lingfield
It was her first try over a mile and a half last time and she really seemed to improve for it. I think the handicapper has been quite fair by only putting her up 3lb for the win and she’s got a good chance of following it up. There is some pace in the race which should suit her as she’s best when having something to aim at off a decent gallop.
Lady Lloyd – 3.05 Lingfield
I rode her two runs back on her first start for trainer Phil McEntee and she ran a good race to be second. She’s a tough, honest horse but she’s going to struggle to beat Merhoob in this as he is rated 17lb higher than her. She is a trier and will run her race though.
This is a really competitive race and the top horse Desert Law is a class act in here. I’ve not ridden this horse before but he’s in good form, is well drawn in stall two and only has a light weight to carry. If he gets a smooth trip around he should run a nice race, but there are a lot of horses in there with a chance.
Squash – 4.15 Lingfield
She didn’t quite stay seven furlongs last year as she was bang in there with a furlong to go in a couple of good races and she just got found out at the very end. She did pick up black type though, which was important, and she’s a useful filly. I think the trip and track should be fine and she should’ve strengthened up since she last ran to allow her to get the seven furlongs in this. She’s really tough and honest and I think she’ll run well, it’s just going to come down to how much she has improved compared to some of the others as she maybe lacks a little in size.
Charlie Lad – 4.50 Lingfield
He’s probably been a disappointing horse overall. He keeps dropping down in grade and you keep thinking that he’s going to win one of these races and he hasn’t managed to do it for a while now. I think he has the ability to win this but he probably needs things to fall right.
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