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Josephine Gordon: Zealandia No Outsider In The Northumberland Plate

Last week was a good one for me, as I teamed up with Yantarni to win at Lingfield for Ian Williams.
Josephine Gordon

He had been in decent form going into that race, having won his previous start over the same course and distance. He could still have a bit more up his sleeve before the handicapper catches him.

Moving on to this week, I’ve got a few rides for a few different trainers, which is good. I’m also getting back on a couple of horses that I’ve done well on recently, so it would be nice if they could keep up the winning habit.

My Potential Rides This Week

Tuesday 

Newbury

6.05 – Raintown (Stan Moore)

I was very impressed with him when I won on him at Lingfield last time out. He won comfortably that day, and the handicapper raised him 6lb, which was probably fair enough. This will be a different test for him as he’s now back on the turf, and he generally has performed better on the all-weather in his career. Having said that, Stan’s horses are in good form, and I am looking forward to teaming up with him again.

6.40 – Snooker McGrew (Stan Moore)

I don’t know too much about him, as I’ve never sat on him before. Having said that, he probably needed his seasonal opener at Bath. He had a wide draw that day, and he was very keen. Hopefully he’ll come forward for that, and he can take a step in the right direction as we drop back to 7f.

Wednesday

Kempton

6.10 – Mizuumi (Marco Botti)

She was disappointing on her return from a break at Haydock last month, but that run was too bad to be true. Before that, she won her racecourse debut at Kempton, so coming back to the all-weather will suit. She’s also going to make her handicap debut in this race. I’ve been riding her a lot at home, and she’s in good form. I’m hopeful she can bounce back.

6.40 – Dinky Diva (Phil McEntee)

She seemed to hang to the right when she made her racecourse debut at Chelmsford earlier this month. We’re going around a right-handed bend this time around at Kempton, so that should help her if she does decide to hang. It would be good to see her progress from her debut effort.

7.40 – Whitcombe Rockstar (Keiran Burke)

He really likes it around Kempton, having won his last two starts at this track. I’ve ridden him on both occasions, and I’m looking forward to getting back on him again. He’s not been seen since the beginning of May, but if he can return in the same form, then he should be in with a good chance of bringing up the hat-trick.

Friday 

Yarmouth

3.30 – Say You’ll Never (Marco Botti)

Her run at Brighton was disappointing last time out after she blew the start. However, her form prior to that was not bad, as she had placed and gone close on her last few starts at Brighton and Wolverhampton. If she does bounce back, then she’ll be competitive.

Saturday

Newcastle 

2.35 – Green Team (Ian Williams)

He has appeared to lose his way a little bit and has subsequently dropped down the weights after some below-par runs. Last season he ran a couple of good races which included a fair third at Ascot. If he can recapture that form then he would have a chance of getting involved here. It would be good to see take a step back in the right direction.

3.10 – Zealandia (Ian Williams)

Though the Northumberland Plate is a hot race, he wouldn’t be without a chance. Back in January he won over this course and distance beating Enemy, who won the Winter Derby Trial and Duke Of Oxford, who finds himself towards the top of the betting. He’s not been seen since the Chester Cup, but he’s proven that he can go well after breaks before. With a good draw in Stall 7, I can see him being in the mix.

Sunday

Wolverhampton

4.30 – Cerulean Summer (Dylan Cunha)

This filly was never able to get into the race last time out at Nottingham after she was squeezed out, so you can put a line through it. Coming back to the all-weather looks a good move after her best effort came here last winter, when she was second over 6f. It’s a competitive race, but she can be in the mix if bouncing back to her best.

I hope you all have a good week and enjoy the sunshine.

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