I beat myself up a bit after Ahzeemah’s narrow second in the Artemis Goodwood Cup on Thursday.
I was pleased to have such a nice ride for big owners such as Godolphin, at a big meeting. However, I was annoyed as I felt we were a little unlucky.
It was a messy race, very stop-start, and we were short of room about three furlongs out. He received a little bump which might have proved costly as it takes a while for him to get going in his run. He likes to gather momentum and is the type to keep finding over a sustained challenge.
That said, Cavalryman was idling a little in front and he may have had more in the locker. It was disappointing to come so close to a big win but I can’t fault the horse. Hopefully I will get another chance on him.
I was hoping to make amends on Lightning Thunder yesterday but she was taken out as the ground was a bit too quick to risk her on. She potentially could run in the Fillies’ listed race at Haydock next weekend instead.
I haven’t had much luck at Goodwood, but it’s been a fabulous week and I am proud to be an ambassador for the course.
My love for the place was illustrated on Friday by the fact that I forked out for a plane. I was riding out in Newmarket in the morning and then got the plane to Goodwood, before flying back to Newmarket for two rides in the evening.
A lot of the top boys regularly fly but it’s more of a luxury for me - and something I’ll only do four or five times a year.
It’s around £300 for a return and you might spend £100 in petrol for the same journey so when you look at it like that, it’s not a massive extravagance.
I thought I was going to have a near-full set of nice rides at Newmarket today, but the rides have cut up a little, and horses we thought would be declared, haven’t been.
The big race of the day is the £40,000 fillies’ nursery, in which I ride Cajoling. She was bought by Qatar Racing after her maiden win at Windsor, but she didn’t progress on her next two starts, both listed races.
She showed a return to form when second in a lesser contest last time. Hopefully she can kick on again as she still needs to find a bit to figure here.
I ride another filly, Bling Ring, in the fillies’ maiden for Charlie Hills, who does well with his two-year-olds, and Welsh Sunrise, who runs in the six-furlong handicap.
Her form appears a bit in and out, but she ran well enough on the All-Weather Championships Finals day back in April. She’s back down to six furlongs, a trip she was successful over in February, so don’t rule her out.