1.50 Sandown, The Coral Charge: Muthmir
Muthmir was second in the race last year but he’s nine year old so he’s getting on a bit. He was fifth in the Epsom Dash last time where he ran very well. He’s a hold up horse and needs a bit of luck in running. I think he’ll run very well but he does like finishing second. Let’s hope he likes finishing first in this race. It’s a good race. Garrus is the one to beat. I have a kind draw and I think I’ll be placed but whether he’s good enough to win I don’t know.
2.25 Sandown – Coral Challenge: Zhui Feng
Zhui Feng is a Royal Hunt Cup winner, and he ran okay last time. He’s dropped down in the weights and has won off a higher mark. He’s a horse that likes to go forward. It’s a competitive race and he has an each way chance. Yes he could win but it’s a tough race. The track will suit and the trip is fine so hopefully he will run a good race. His owner John Connolly is a great supporter of racing, and Amanda.
3.00 Sandown, Coral Distaff: Encapsulation
Encapsulation is a really good ride to pick up in this for Andrew Balding. She’s having her first start in England, and her form from Navan was really good where she was second to Pink Dogwood. The third horse trained by Dermot Weld came out and won a Group Three next time and then ran in the Oaks. Encapsulation brings a bit of Group race class to a Listed race so hopefully she will be good enough to win.
3.35 Sandown, The Coral-Eclipse: Mustashry
I have great memories of winning the Coral-Eclipse on Ulysses two years ago. It was a brilliant experience. I was riding work at Richard Hannon’s yesterday morning and he has picture on the wall of the photo finish between Ulysses and Barney Roy and he still thinks that his horse won.
Enable should be hard to beat in this year’s renewal. She’s the best horse in the race. She’s having her first start so she may not be fully tuned up. However she has been in training for a while now so she should be fit enough. This ten furlongs might be ideal for her first time out as she’s likely to be fresh. I’ve finished second to her in a King George and third in an Arc on Ulysses so I’ve seen her backside a few times.
Magical should be the one to serve it up to her, and I think Telecaster could run a very big race. The track should suit him it’s just a question of whether he’s good enough.
I can see my horse Mustashry running a very big race. Whether he’s up to winning this though I don’t know. He won the Lockinge but then disappointed last time. He ran a bit flat at Ascot so hoping he can bounce back. He does stay a mile and a quarter as he won the Gala stakes last year. So I’m hopeful of a big run from him.
I think Enable should win this really
4.45 Sandown, Coral Marathon: Jackfinbar
I like Jackfinbar a lot. I won on him last year where I was told to drop him out but ended up making the running and beat Ghostwatch. I then went to France with him and we won a Group Three. That form has worked out very well. The second that day came out and finished second in a Group One to Coronet the other day. It’s his first run of the year and I expect him to come on for the run, but I do think he’ll run a very big race. The ground is the only concern as he won’t want it too fast.
5.20 Sandown: Madeeh
We have two horses in this race. I won on Anjaady last time at Leicester where I felt that we got a soft lead and we stole the race. I rode Madeeh into second up at Beverley to a nice horse. I am hoping he’ll improve a good deal for that as all Sir Michael Stoute’s tend to. Hopefully I’ve picked the right one.