IT was great to see Lightning Spear win the Sussex Stakes for David Simcock.
I ride a lot for David – he and his wife Jennie are a great team. They’re very loyal people and they’ve got good staff.
David obviously had a difficult day on Monday. He’s a very private person hence why before the race not many people knew his father had passed away. I’m sure his father would have been very proud of him.
I haven’t been at Goodwood as I was suspended until yesterday. It was probably the longest ban I’ve ever had – it felt like it as well. I got very bored!
I just took it easy. I went away for a few days but I was back riding out on Tuesday. You’ve got to keep yourself fit so I went running and had a few days in the gym.
I’m fresh and ready to go now so it’s good to have five rides at Newmarket today.
I start with Alwaysandforever (2.05). She was a little bit disappointing in a Listed race at Newmarket last time. They went very slow early on so I’m hoping they’ll go a better pace today.
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I think this track will suit her. She’s just a little bit sluggish so on a sharp track she might not have the speed if it turned into a tactical race.
They’ve had to be very patient with her as she’s had injuries as both a two-year-old and three-year-old.
She’s a very lazy filly and they’ve changed the headgear from a visor to cheekpieces today. If she runs to her previous effort when a short-head second at Pontefract she should have a decent chance.
Porcelain Girl (2.40) won well for me at Doncaster last month. She’s gone up 7lbs and this is a much deeper race.
She got herself well handicapped by racing freely towards the front in her first three races. They’re likely to go a faster pace in this nursery and that will suit her.
She likes to be held up because she’s a bit keen but Newmarket’s July Course isn’t an ideal track for pulling off those tactics. She’ll have a place chance
Twist ‘N’ Shake (3.15) makes her debut in the two-year-old novice race. She was an expensive yearling and is a daughter of Kingman. He looks like he’s going to be a stellar stallion.
I haven’t ridden her at home but Luca Cumani wouldn’t be running her at Newmarket if he didn’t think she could put up a reasonable performance. Generally, unless they are exceptional, his horses take their first race and then step forward.