Jim Crowley previews his Saturday rides at Ascot
It is a Super Saturday and Shadwell could have winners at Ascot, Newmarket and York.
It was a difficult choice to make as to where I ride, but I chose Ascot to partner Mutasaabeq in the Group Two Summer Mile.
3.00 Ascot – Nomadic Empire
He finished up last year with a win at York. Things haven’t quite gone to plan for him so far this season, but he is dropping down the handicap.
He has cheekpieces back on. David O’Meara’s horses are in good order. We will definitely have a good each-way chance.
3.35 Ascot – Mutasaabeq
Mutasaabeq has not run a bad race this season, and you can make excuses for him on his two defeats. I thought he ran well at Sandown behind Lights On. He then lost a shoe at Epsom when coming out of the stalls.
He is back on a more conventional track. I’d like to think he will turn the tables on Modern News. Chindt has been exposed at Group One level and is obviously dropping back down to Group Two. I am hoping we can get back to winnings ways here.
4.10 Ascot – Israr
He wasn’t far behind Secret State at Royal Ascot and I was very pleased with that run. This is a small field and it could get tactical.
My horse stays well and he looks progressive. Off a mark of 99, I think he can still go forward.
4.45 Ascot – Washraa
She looks a good filly. She was very unlucky in the Sandringham as she was running well before her heels were clipped which almost made her come down.
If that had not happened, she would have finished much closer. This is a competitive race but I think she is going to go very close.
5.20 Ascot – Tarrabb
I rode this filly to victory on her debut at Chelmsford. It hasn’t worked out for her on her last two starts. She was very keen at Chepstow and did too much. On her latest start, she was given too much to do at Thirsk where she looked an unlucky loser.
I really liked her when I won on her. I don’t think this is a strong race, so we’d have to have a great chance.
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