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Sam James: Kings Merchant Can Go In Again At Redcar

After a week of being down at Royal Ascot, I’m going back up north to Redcar, where I have five rides on Saturday. A few of them look to have a nice chance of getting into the winners’ enclosure, so hopefully it will be a good afternoon.
Sam James

What is Redcar like to ride at?

I like riding at Redcar and it’s probably one of my favourite tracks in the north. It’s a straightforward track to ride and it’s very level and fair, which seems to suit most horses. You can make the running or drop your horse into the pack, so there is more than one way to ride it.

My Saturday rides at rides Redcar

1.45 – Qassem (Karl Burke)

He probably needed the experience at Haydock when he finished seventh last time out. It doesn’t look like a particularly strong race, and he should come forward from his debut. I wouldn’t be surprised if he was in the mix.

2.20 Al Hussar (Grant Tuer)

He won for me at Doncaster last time out on quick ground, where he showed a good attitude to win. This will be tougher as he’ll have to carry a 7lb penalty for that win. However, if he can run up to the form of his last run, I can see him going close.

2.50 Jumiera Vision (Katie Scott)

This lad seems to have lost his way this season after some disappointing runs. Most of his best form has come on the all-weather, though he hasn’t had many runs on turf. The ground will be a little bit quicker than what he has encountered recently, so it would be good to see him take a step back in the right direction on it.

3.30 Jesmond Dawn (Grant Tuer)

Though he’s run some consistent races, we’d thought he would win a handicap by now after some promising efforts in novice and maiden company. After running over a mile with him, we’re dropping back to 6f, which might prove to be the making of him. Also, returning to quick ground should help be positive. 

4.55 Kings Merchant (Ed Bethell)

He won a good race at Thirsk last time out, and he is only 2lb higher this time around. That race was over 6f, and we’re going to be dropping back to the bare minimum 5f here, but that should be fine as he’s a speedy horse. Ed’s team is in great form after they had a Royal Ascot winner earlier this week, so it would be nice to continue their purple patch.

I hope you all have a good weekend and I’ll check in again with you next week.

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After a week of being down at Royal Ascot, I’m going back up north to Redcar, where I have five rides on Saturday. A few of them look to have a nice chance of getting into the winners’ enclosure, so hopefully it will be a good afternoon.
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