Kirby Calls It: All Weather champion previews upcoming rides
Fresh from a double at Kempton this week, our All-Weather Champion columnist, Adam Kirby, is hoping the winners continue to flow over the next few days. He’s at Southwell today before returning to Wolverhampton’s Dunstall Park later that evening where he rode a treble last Saturday! Here he shares his thoughts on his upcoming rides.
I ride Proud Times for Ali Stronge. The horse is a bit of an old monkey. He likes the track but unfortunately with him you never know what sort of a race he’s going to run. Sometimes he can run terrible and then sometimes he wins just out of the blue! If things go right for him, he’s probably on a winnable mark but if it goes wrong then he can throw in a bad on you, he’s a bit unpredictable. He’s been running over hurdles so hopefully that will sharpen him up a bit.
I ride one for Michael Appleby here called Poyle Vinnie. He’s in real good form. He won last time out but obviously he’s gone up in handicap since then and on the day he was ridden by a 5Ib claimer. So if you think about it he’s running off a 13Ib higher mark on Saturday but hopefully he can better himself. He’s won around the track and is in good nick. It’s a very competitive race with some nice horses in it. You just never know with Southwell but he could win again and he’s probably my best chance of a winner at Southwell.
I’m on another one here for Michael Appleby in Sleet. He hasn’t run since June. He’s done most of his racing at Southwell so hopefully he appreciates the track but it’s going to be a learning curve as we don’t know each other. To be honest I’m a little bit in the dark on how he’s going to run. I see he was beaten favourite last time out and wore blinkers for the first time in that run. They’ll be on again tomorrow so hopefully he’ll run his race. You’d have to say it looks a poor event.
I ride Amadeus Wolfe Tone for Jamie Osborne. He’s a lovely horse but he needs to come from the back and needs everything to go right and needs putting on the line. He needs to run two horses to get going and if you don’t do that he’ll never pick up and cuts out on you. He’s one of them, a hold up horse, if they go very fast up front again he’s going to have to produce a career best. He’s not in bad form with himself. Things just didn’t go right for him the last time I rode him. He was a bit unlucky at Lingfield as we had a troublesome run through. Last time he made the running which wouldn’t have suited him at all. He definitely has a chance tomorrow night if things go right for him. We get on well on together but you can go from hero to zero with him. But in saying that he’s probably my best chance of a winner on the night.
I’m on Deftera Fantutte for Natalie Lloyd-Beavis. I don’t know too much about this horse. She was second in a maiden at Lingfield on her last run but it was behind an odds on favourite who has since been beaten. She doesn’t have a great draw in trap twelve. That’s a big disadvantage as it’s difficult to get an early position but hopefully we can overcome that and she runs well.
I ride Bertie Blu Boy here for Lisa Williamson. He’s a front runner who was in really good form last spring when he won three on the bounce at Lingfield. Unfortunately the handicapper has given him a bit of wellie on the back of those wins. But hopefully he can raise his game again and produce his old form. He’s drawn nine so we’ll have to get him out and with a bit a luck I think he’ll run a solid race.
My last ride of the evening is on Musikhani. I’m in the dark about this one. I haven’t ridden her in a race before but she ran over hurdles last month so hopefully that will sharpen her up. Looking at her form she will need to improve to be in the shake-up. It looks a competitive race for the grade but hopefully she’ll run her race.