It is a fantastic weekend of racing in Britain and Ireland with the St Leger at Doncaster on Saturday plus Irish Champions Weekend at Leopardstown and the Curragh.
It’s a shame they have had to move the racing at Leopardstown on Saturday forward due to the GAA in Ireland (although they had little choice really) and I know some of the jockeys are going to be sick at not being able to ride at both fixtures, none more so than Ryan Moore.
I certainly enjoyed riding at Doncaster earlier in the week in the Leger Legends race and it was special to share a weighing room with my son Little Cieren. I managed to finish fourth from a bad draw and, hopefully, I can go a few places better at the Curragh on Sunday in the Pat Smullen Champions Race For Cancer Trials Ireland.
Before that I’m really looking forward to the action on Saturday and hopefully we can find a few winners too.
They really like this horse. They booked Little Cieren three weeks ago for the ride and he’s going to be spot on for this race. He’s been highly tried but then he’s very well thought of and Little Cieren is still riding plenty of winners, which is great.
It’s very hard to see past this horse. He was exceptionally good in the Gimcrack last time, I thought, and whilst he has a penalty to carry it is only 3lb and he’s more than that amount better than these. The course at Doncaster should suit him as it’s similar to York and I fully expect him to win. Royal Crusade is an interesting rival but the lads at Charlie Appleby’s haven’t had that much to say about him coming into this race.
People seem to think Logician can’t be beaten but I don’t agree. He was impressive at York last time and, of course, he’s not been beaten yet so we can’t be certain how good he is. That said, I love Sir Dragonet and I know they’re very keen on him at Ballydoyle. I was speaking to Ryan [Moore] at Doncaster earlier this week and it was a real tough decision for him about whether he was going to ride in the St Leger or at Leopardstown – that’s how much they like this horse. He’ll stay no problem and the track will suit him better than the likes of Epsom.
Ryan decided he had to go to Leopardstown to ride this filly as they think she has a seriously good chance of winning this race. She’s been so good and so consistent all year and has just come up short recently. The track should be in her favour and she’s really tough.
I thought she was a certainty at York last time dropped back to 7f and she just failed by the smallest of margins. Perhaps they could have been a little more positive on her, but that’s in the past now. I love this filly. She’s been brilliantly handled and placed by connections and she’s so versatile too. I think this race is made for her and, while there are a lot of good rivals, I think she should have too much for them.
One more thing before I go, it may not be one of the big races at the big meetings on Saturday but Central City should have a good chance at Chester (5.00). Little Cieren has been booked to ride him and as long as he can overcome his bad draw he should have every chance.