Luke Morris thinks this rejuvenated sprinter has a big chance at Lingfield
In this week’s Luke Morris blog, Coral horse racing ambassador Luke Morris spoke exclusively to us about his Lingfield and Wolverhampton rides on November 12, but he is also thinking of injured jockey Freddy Tylicki.
Luke Morris is thinking of injured friend Freddy Tylicki
I HAVE to start this week by passing on my thoughts for my friend and weighing room colleague Freddy Tylicki after the heartbreaking news he suffered a T7 paralysis in that horrible fall at Kempton.
It can’t be described as anything other than absolutely devastating news for him especially as he’d been enjoying the best year of his career with two Group 1 wins on Speedy Boarding.
Freddy’d worked so hard to get up to the top bracket so that he could be riding Group 1 winners and what happened to him just puts everything else into perspective.
I know he’s a very positive guy and hopefully he’ll pick himself up and there’ll be plenty of options for him to further his career in the sport in a different direction in the future.
With Freddy being a successful jockey and a likeable guy it’s wasn’t a surprise people wanted to help him like they have done with donations and offers for help. Having said that, it’s been exceptional the amount raised on the page set up by At The Races presenter Matt Chapman in such a short time and credit has to do to everyone in the industry and all the racing fans around the world getting behind it.
This weekend is my first since returning from injury and I’m really looking forward to it. You’ve got to be slightly aware of what happened to Freddy when you’re riding, but I think if you go out to race with a negative mindset and worrying about it then you’re putting yourself in a dangerous position before you even get on the horse.
You have to go out positively and get on with it and that’s what I’m going to do at Lingfield and Wolverhampton.
11.45 Lingfield – Leopard
He’s a horse I don’t know a great deal about. He’s a nicely-bred horse and he’s in the deep end first time here. We’ll try and make sure he enjoys his first trip to the races and help him run as well as he can. If he could spring a surprise that’d be great but the experience is most important.
He had a good level of form last year as a two-year-old and I won a couple of races on him. He’s quite an idle horse and is perhaps getting a bit cute. Changing something around, in his case swapping the visor for first-time blinkers, could possibly bring out some improvement. If he’s on a going day he’s got every chance but it depends on what Masqueraded turns up.
12.50 Lingfield – Dhahmaan
He was a Listed winner at two and was quite a good juvenile sprinter last year. He found life a little bit tougher this year like some good two-year-old sprinters do at three but he seem to have found his form again now. He’s run well on his last couple of starts and although it looks a competitive race I think he’s got a big chance.
1.25 Lingfield – Grey Mirage
He’s a proper Polytrack specialist and his best form is around Lingfield over seven furlongs and a mile so this looks his bag. He does tend to take a run to be at his best and he often comes best from Christmas onwards I find. He might be one to watch out for more next time, but he’s not without a chance in this race and has a good draw in stall two.
Wolverhampton rides on November 12
5.45 Wolverhampton – Sliceoflife
He ran well the last day even though he was a bit keen and did too much early. He’s dropping back in trip from seven furlongs to six and I think he’s got a big chance. The main problem is stall 12 and if we can overcome that draw he’ll be right there at the finish.
6.45 Wolverhampton – Medalla De Oro
This looks a decent maiden for a Saturday night at Wolverhampton in November but I do like my horse. He ran in a strong maiden at Newmarket first time when the ground was too slow and sticky for him. I’ve ridden him at home and I think he’ll be a nice horse for next year.
7.45 Wolverhampton – Imasumaq
She’ll need to step up from her first run to take a hand but Marco’s tend to come on a lot for their first outing. Hopefully she can take that step forward and run with promise here.
8.15 Wolverhampton – Try Again
This isn’t a horse I know much about. He’s coming across from Ireland so given they’ve made that journey it could be worth seeing if there is any movement in the betting to indicate he’s fancied. His form doesn’t inspire much confidence though.
8.45 Wolverhampton – Kubeba
He wears blinkers for the first time and drops down into a 0-60 here. He’s more than capable of winning a race of this grade and he’s better than a 0-60 horse. The one concern is that he’s been off the course for a long time so there’s a little fitness doubt about him.
9.15 Wolverhampton – Noble Asset
He’s got plenty of speed but being drawn in stall ten over five furlongs is a massive negative. We’ll need a lot of luck but he’s got talent.