Sun Racing ambassador Megan Nicholls is back and can't wait for a big weekend of racing at Epsom
Derby day is here!
It’s definitely one of the best days in the calendar and I can’t wait to see the best colts in the country strut their stuff.
As always, you could make a case for so many.
I was very impressed with Sir Dragonet when he won the Vase but both his wins came on softer ground and it certainly won’t be like that at Epsom.
If anything it’s going to keep on getting quicker, but then again that could always see him in a better light.
Broome has run very well on all ground and in his two runs in Ireland this year have been mightily impressive.
Of Aidan’s horses, he’d be my pick.
However, I reckon Telecaster could be the winner. I’m a massive fan of his and was particularly taken by his professional performance in the Dante.
It looks as though he’ll stay all day long and I don’t see the trip being a problem.
I’d love to see him win.
There are some absolute legends in the Diomed Stakes.
Oh This Is Us is a proper stalwart at the top level and has been so consistent over the years.
I’d love to see him go close but he’ll have to be at his best to see off Bye Bye Hong Kong, who beat him last time.
Andrew Balding’s colt has been a massive improver this year and won really well over a mile that day. The step up in trip shouldn’t be a bother and as a three-year-old he gets nearly a stone, which is a crazy advantage.
He’s effectively running off the same mark as the favourite but is 12lb lighter and I think he’ll probably take all the beating.
In the Princess Elizabeth Stakes, Sir Michael Stoute’s Veracious is favourite but I prefer Nyaleti.
Get to Goodwood!
I’m very much looking forward to next Friday as Goodwood are hosting the first of three Friday evening meetings.
It’s always really good fun and there are some amazing DJs playing. Tickets are out now and it’s not to be missed!
She beat Veracious at Newmarket in the Dahlia before finishing fourth in a very hot Middleton where she was behind some classy fillies.
She’s super tough and very consistent and I think dropping back to just short of a mile is a positive for her.
Awesometank and Anna Nerium have form together but they’re probably going to have to step up from Goodwood to beat the top two.
Unsurprisingly, the Dash isn’t an easy race to work out.
Hathiq is favourite but he has to prove himself in a contest like this.
He’d had a long time off the track before he joined this stable but has improved and his trainer has kept him sweet. From a low weight you can see why he’s favourite.
At a bigger price I quite like Copper Knight. He shows a lot of speed and I think the soft ground at Chester last time went against him.
This race will suit his running style and he’s drawn on the right side.
Another one I like is Recon Mission, who goes for Tony Carroll and Hollie Doyle.
He came from Ireland and has run very well on his first two starts for the stable. This has probably been the plan for a while and he’s got in off a very low weight.
Dad's been busy
Back briefly to the jumps, and Dad’s been busy at the sales.
We’ve been to Doncaster and Tattersalls at Cheltenham buying point-to-pointers and bumper horses.
There’s been lots on offer and it’s always nice to build our team for the coming season.
We’ve some nice horses coming through and Will Biddick has already started breaking them in.
I know Dad is very much looking forward to seeing some of these new horses back in training in the next 6-8 weeks.
There’s also some decent action up at Musselburgh today, where the ground is pretty soft.
In the feature Listed contest, I’m a big fan of Red Starlight.
She has some good form on soft ground and has been pretty consistent without winning.
Maybe now she has her conditions she can come home in front.
I’m also a fan of the other Cheveley Park runner, Ice Gala.
Like Red Starlight, she also performs well on soft ground and won well on her reappearance.
It looks as though she’s improved since last year and the fact she has an age allowance means she has a few pounds to spare, too.
For me it’s between the two Cheveley Park fillies.
I’ll be up there too as I’m riding in the latest Silk Series race.
Richard Fahey has given me the mount on Royal Cosmic and I’m delighted to be teaming up with him again.
We had a great season last year and hopefully that can continue.
My mount is a game filly. She ran three days ago at Hamilton when she finished second, well-beaten by an improver of Mark Johnston’s.
I think the form could work out pretty well, though, and she loves the mud.
She’s also won at the track twice so has form at the course and on the ground and I reckon she has big shout.
Provided she’s over her recent run then she could take some beating.
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