Which horse impressed you most last week?
Amy C was very impressive at Deauville and I think she has a lot of quality. I was very confident going into the race, as Henry (Spiller) was confident she had improved again at home. She had run so well on debut and that form had worked out nicely, which was another boost to her chances.
She is a talented filly and she showed on Saturday what I felt she was capable of doing after I rode her first time. She is still learning, but I can see her climbing the grades and she is certainly one to follow.
I also liked Sotoro, who finished second in class 2 company at Deauville on Friday. I had ridden him in work in Cagnes over the winter and he showed me a lot of speed. He ran a very nice race dropped back to 1300m and returned to the All-Weather and he is a horse with plenty of gears.
Elsewhere, it was great to see a French-bred winning the Group 1 in Meydan. Though it has been a while since Lord Glitters was based here, he is an incredible horse and it was another brilliant performance for an eight year old.
The newcomers’ races both look very competitive, though I have heard positive reports about my ride in the fillies’ contest (race 2, 1.20pm), Rivaport. She is by Le Havre and out of a Listed-winning mare in Italy. It is always hard to gauge your chances in these races, but I’m hoping for a nice run from her.
Reponse Exacte must have a chance in the last (4.20pm). I won on her at Cagnes and she didn’t get the run of things next time. This looks a weak race on paper, so I think she can bounce back and run well for her British owner David Haddrell.
I liked the look of Scenariste’s debut on the flat here last month (he had previously pulled up twice over hurdles). He came from last to first to win that day and there should be improvement to come, so I think he has a strong chance.
Moremi was second in a claimer last time and should go well again. Ideally, we’ll have a strong pace to chase, and he can finish off to good effect.
Jonquille is already a winner and wasn’t disgraced in a class 2 at Deauville last time. However, I think she might be a better horse on the turf this season, rather than the AW.
My final ride of the day is on Rouge Terre for Louis Baudron. It is her first run of the year, but Louis has his team in excellent form (two winners from last six runners) and I have won on my last two rides for him.
- Amy C
- Reponse Exacte
- Rouge Terre
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