Jamie Spencer thinks it could finally be Mick Channon’s year
The 1000 Guineas looks pretty wide open but Lucida definitely has the strongest form. She’s probably one that’s guaranteed to get there and run her race. Being a Jim Bolger horse they normally do when he brings them to do the Guineas. She has the best form but she’s priced up based on that form. There was nothing that excited me about the trials. Osaila ran well in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf but it’s not top class form, and in the Nell Gwyn she hung on to win by a neck so she wouldn’t be a glutton for the Guineas straight mile either.
It shows the weakness in the race that Legitissimo got beaten in the trial at Leopardstwon, then won a conditions race at Gowran Park, and she’s third favourite. That shows you the strength and depth isn’t great. Legatissimo’s two brothers are both as slow as a hearse. On pedigree she looks like she should be going up in trip not down, and she’s the third favourite despite being rated just 107.
I do like Malabar. She’s battle-hardened. She’s run at Newmarket, she ran at Royal Ascot, she ran in the Moyglare, she ran in the Marcel Boussac and she won the Prestige. She’s got proper form and is a hardy filly. A lot of people say the Guineas is the last race of the two year old season so she might fit the bill. Martin Harley has been riding her work and he’s really happy with her. She’s got to have a good chance for those reasons . She’s very similar to Nahoodh who I rode as a two year old for Mick Channon to win the Lowther at York. A lot of people said Nahoodh wouldn’t train on but she did. For Mick Channon the 1000 Guineas has been a hoodoo race. Flashy Wings went lame on the morning of the race. Nahoodh would have won if she’d got out. So I think it’s Mick Channon’s year to win it.
My horse in the 1.50pm is Kelinni. He felt like he didn’t get the trip at Musselburgh over a mile and six furlongs, so we dropped him back to a mile and a half and he won well at Thirsk. This is a stronger race and the opposition is a bit thicker than at Thirsk. He’s got a chance because he’s fit and he’s well but I’d just be hopeful of getting a place or better. He’s not a standout.
I ride Blaine in the 3.00pm for Kevin Ryan. He needed the run first time out at Musselburgh and the ground was plenty soft enough for him as well. He’s in good form, Kevin’s happy with him. He’s nicely drawn in 13 so he should have a big chance. A horse I do like is Gamesome who I was second on in the Windsor last year. He’s got lots of ability but hasn’t been the easiest to train. There wouldn’t be much between him and Blaine and hopefully Blaine’s experience will help. The fact that he can race close to the pace and go forward given the ground is going to ride quick should be an advantage. With 23 runners it’s going to be tough but Blaine should have a good chance. Gamesome is probably the best horse in the race but he’s a hold up horse so will need plenty of luck.
I ride Banzari for Michael Bell in the Pretty Poll at 4.50pm. She will need some rain if she is to run. She’s a very nice filly who finished fifth in the May Hill as a maiden on her second start and then won her maiden by ten lengths. Whether she runs or not, she’s going to be a nice staying filly for the year.
In the last race at 5.25pm I ride Brotherly Company who won well at Redcar the other day. He set a strong pace on his first start and then got tired and then won nicely at Redcar and this is the natural progression for him. These races are never going to be easy. The Hamdan-owned horse Muqtaser ran well on his first start back, so he’s probably the one to beat.
I ride plenty for Richard Fahey. Next week is Chester and I’ll ride a blast of Marwan Koukash horses for him. You have to admire how loyal Richard is to his own jockeys. On lots of occasions he could take the easy option and put up Ryan Moore or Richard Hughes or whoever he wants but he sticks to his own men. That’s good for them as it shows them how loyal he is to them. They all go up and ride ten lots and you never hear any of them moaning. He’s very loyal so you have to applaud him for that.