22nd July 2015
I find one of the most interesting things about our flat season so far is the jockeys championship with Ryan Moore out injured and current champ Richard Hughes declaring that he will retire after this years Glorious Goodwood Festival.
This leaves Silvestre De Sousa the hot favourite clear at the top of the table on 58 winners with his nearest rivals being Paul Hanagan, James Doyle and William Buick.
In 2011 Hanagan pipped De Sousa by four to take the crown but that was while he was away riding in the Melbourne Cup. This year the Championship only runs until October 17th making it a fairer playing field for all.
Mind you one jockey I would love to see win it is Graham Lee. He is the most dedicated of horsemen having won some of national hunts top honours including the Grand National.
He now rides at 8 stone 8lbs and has had more rides than anyone this season. In fact in my opinion he is probably the strongest in a finish apart from Ryan Moore.
So come on Graham keep picking off those winners up North and who knows what might happen come October.
We have plenty of racing in the UK today but for Howies Hottie I'm going over to Ireland for the 7.00 at Naas. This is a competitive 6 furlong sprint with 20 runners declared.
The selection is Burren View Lady and Lee Roche takes the ride. The mare is on a winnable mark having won off of much higher ratings when trained by Tim Easterby. She needed her last run having been off for some months and regular readers would remember I mentioned her in my eye-catcher comments.
As long as they don't get any heavy rain at Naas I think she has outstanding each way chances.
Senrima trainer B,Meehan - A nice winner at Haydock despite running green. I think she can win again in higher grade.
Indian Chief trainer D.Nicholls - He was going well until fading over 12 furlongs and a drop in trip looks the answer. The horse ran 2nd in the Dante a few years ago and I can't believe there isn't a race in him.
Your Pal Tal trainer J.Levins - Collared close home over 6.5 furlongs and a slight drop in distance should see him in the winners circle.
Shah of Persia trainer W.Greatrex - Failed to last home over 3 miles last time and this decent type can win when returned to a shorter trip.
Manhattan Swing trainer B.Ellison - Finished with a flourish at Market Rasen having to come wide into the straight. I notice he has an entry in the Galway Hurdle at the end of the month.
Back next Wednesday have a good week and be lucky.