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Josephine Gordon: Jacquelina Ready To Back Up Windsor Win

It was a great week for me, as I celebrated my birthday last Thursday. I had a lovely day eating cake, but I made sure that I didn’t eat too much!

Though I didn’t have a winner last week, I had a couple of nice rides, with a few horses running some good races that are worth marking up for the future.

I thought Moktasaab ran a brilliant race for Phil McEntee when he finished second at Newmarket. That was the first time he had run over the 1m4f for a while, and he just bumped into a horse of Sir Michael Stoute’s, Fox Journey, who was well-handicapped. 

Elsewhere, Em Jay Kay ran another solid race at Newmarket. Again, he just bumped into a well-handicapped horse, but it looked like a competitive race on paper.

Another horse who ran well for me was Prometeo for Marco Botti. Though he only finished fifth at Newmarket, he struggled to get cover from a bad draw. Despite this, he ran on well in the closing stages and hit the line hard, and that run can be marked up.

This week, I was meant to be starting out at Redcar on Monday, but unfortunately, my intended rides became non-runners. On the other hand, I’ve been booked for a few rides this week, so fingers crossed they all stand their ground and we can get a winner on the board.

My Potential Rides This Week

Tuesday 

2.20 Brighton – Jacquelina (Phil McEntee)

The last time we saw her, she was a good winner at Windsor and is now 2lb higher for that win. She seems to be in good form, and she’s an easy horse to train; she just keeps herself fit. I’m hopeful she can back up her Windsor win.

Wednesday

2.30 Yarmouth – Duveen (Anthony Carson)

I don’t know much about this filly, as I’ve not ridden her before. Looking at her form, she’s mainly campaigned on the all-weather and has only a couple of goes on the turf. However, one of those turf runs came at this track, and she finished second, so it would be nice if she could go one better here.

5.05 Yarmouth – Spanish Mane (Julia Feilden)

I rode her last time out at Yarmouth, when she finished ninth. I thought she ran respectably, as I think she might just take a run to get her straight these days as she’s a pretty big filly. I can see her building on her last run, at a track where she’s won twice before.

Thursday

6.47 Chelmsford – Eadha (Phil McEntee)

I know this filly well, as I ride at her home most days. She’s not run for a little while, and I personally think dropping back to the sharp 5f might be a little sharp for her. I think she’ll be doing her best work late on.

7.47 Chelmsford  – Em Jay Kay (Phil McEntee)

He is in at Chelmsford on Thursday night, but he could also go to Windsor on Saturday. As I mentioned earlier, he’s been a very consistent horse on the all-weather and the turf. It would be nice to see him get his head in front wherever he goes.

8.22 Chelmsford – Global Effort (Phil McEntee)

We’re still learning about him, as he only joined Phil in April after previously being trained by John Butler. He’s stepping up to 7f this time after previously running over 6f at Wolverhampton, so hopefully he’ll improve for this extra distance.

Friday

3.25 Bath – Vitalline (Keiran Burke)

I love riding this little horse, as he’s pretty consistent and always a good race. He now switches to the turf after an all-weather campaign this winter. I’ve never ridden him on the grass, so it will be interesting to see if he improves coming back to it.

Saturday

8.15 Windsor – Succeed (Phil McEntee)

He hasn’t shown too much in his first few starts, and he doesn’t appear to be particularly quick. Again, he’s a horse who hasn’t raced on the turf, so it would be a step in the right direction if he was able to show a liking for it.

I hope you all have a good week and you’ll be hearing from me again soon!

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