Palace Pier proved again that he’s the best miler around.
That’s a big weight off my shoulders for the week ahead but I’m still hungry for more.
Onto day two and Wesley Ward is the first place to start in the Queen Mary (2.30pm), but John Velazquez rides Twilight Gleaming and I’m on Atos for George Arnold instead.
She beat a colt of Wesley’s in a turf race in the US and it looked a very taking performance.
I’m pleased to be on American-trained horse in this as they know their job from an early age, they like fast ground and have good gate speed.
Stowell returns to the scene of his maiden win over 1m4f in the Queen’s Vase (3.05pm).
He was doing all of his best work at the end that day, so the step up in trip here should suit.
Indie Angel is a longshot for the Duke Of Cambridge Stakes (3:40pm).
A lot of things need to go right for her. She wears a hood, needs to settle and needs to get a bit of space, so if we can get a piece of the prize money then we’ll be very happy.
My big ride of the day is Lord North in the feature, the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes (4:20pm).
I like my boy, and wouldn’t swap him for Love, but it’s no penalty kick.
Love was the standout three-year-old last season and could be hard to beat, but she’s stepping back in trip and we’ve got race fitness in our favour.
I’ve got Magical Morning in the Royal Hunt Cup (5:00pm).
He’s got low mileage and could be better than his mark, while the stiff, straight mile shouldn’t be a problem as that’s what he works on at home.
My first ride of the week for Wesley [Ward] is aboard Ruthin in the Windsor Castle (5:35pm).
She won nicely on the turf on her only start and Wesley’s very sweet on her.
I wouldn’t want to be on anyone else’s in a sprint for two-year-old fillies.
Mostly is my final chance of the day in the Kensington Palace Stakes (6:10pm).
She’s only had the six starts and can hopefully prove competitive off her mark.
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