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Sam James: Got To Love A Grey Is No Outsider At Royal Ascot

Wednesday wasn’t a bad day for me at Royal Ascot, as my ride Holloway Boy ran well to finish fifth in the Royal Hunt Cup.
Sam James

Those races are always very tough to win, and he just bumped into a few better rivals on the day.

I’ve just got one ride on Friday with Got To Love A Grey for Karl Burke who runs in the Palace Of Holyroodhouse Stakes. She’s run well at Ascot before, so hopefully she can be in the mix.

What is it like to ride Ascot?

Ascot is generally a fair track, and there is always a special atmosphere at the Royal meeting. Depending on where you’re drawn on the track, it can have an effect on your race. You can still run really well, but you might find you were drawn on the wrong side of the track. 

 The straight course is very stiff, as you are slightly travelling uphill all the way to the line. You can often see horses winning from off the pace, especially if the front runners go hard early on. Usually the best horse on the day wins.

My rides at Royal Ascot


6.15 Palace Of Holyroodhouse Stakes – Got To Love A Grey (Karl Burke)

She’s very speedy, and coming back down to 5f will suit her. This daughter of Dark Angel has been good to me over the past twelve months, and she ran well here to finish fifth in the Queen Mary Stakes last year. She handles most types of ground, so whatever the going is, she’ll probably handle it alright. She’s no outsider.

I hope you all enjoy watching the racing at Royal Ascot this week, and I’ll catch you again soon.

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