Spencer rides Aclaim in the Lockinge and he holds strong claims in the race although Spencer nominates Richard Fahey’s Ribchester as the one to beat
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IT doesn’t seem ten years since I won the Lockinge Stakes.
I won it on Red Evie – a good mare trained by Michael Bell. She’s better known these days as the dam of last year’s Arc winner Found and we could all do with more horses like her.
These Group 1s are all very hard to win so you’ve got to grab them with both hands when you get the opportunity.
It remains to be seen if I can get my paws on the trophy this year but I’ve got a chance on Aclaim (3.30).
He made good progress in the autumn winning his last three races. The last of those was a Group 2 but he’s got to step up again.
I sat on him two weeks ago at Martyn Meade’s and he felt very well. I reckon he goes there with an each-way chance.
I won a Listed race on him and an Ascot handicap over the stiff mile – that shows he stays the distance. He’s a lovely strong powerful horse and he gets through soft ground well.
I’ve just got to reign in his energy early on – get him to relax and then see what we’ve got. When I won the Listed race at Newbury on him he was out the back.
He quickened so well he got there way too soon.
It’s good to see Godolphin putting Toscanini in as a pacemaker for Ribchester and last year’s 2,000 Guineas winner Galileo Gold likes to race on the pace.
A good gallop would help us and we’ll take our time but I would have thought Richard Fahey’s Ribchester looks the one to beat.
I ride Glorious Forever (2.55) in the London Gold Cup. It’s always a competitive handicap and it’s been won by some high-class horses like Al Kazeem.
I rode Green Moon to win the race for Harry Dunlop in 2010 and he went on to win the Melbourne Cup.
Ed Walker’s horses seem to be running well and he’s keen on Glorious Forever’s chance.
The ground will be a bit of an unknown for most of the horses so we’ll just have to see.
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One horse who will love the soft ground is Visionary (2.20).
He’s been running on the all-weather recently but he likes to get his toe in. It’s a warm enough race but he’s got a chance.
I don’t know much about Love Doctor (4.05). I’ve ridden lots of winners for Dave Evans and he’s a good trainer. He wins loads of races with inexpensive horses.
They’re always fit and ready to go and as hard as nails.
I was out of luck on Syphax in the Dante at York on Thursday and it’s all still up in the air for me regarding the Derby.
It’s a very open race this year so I would imagine there will be a big field.
I didn’t know until a few days before the race last year when I got the ride on one of Aidan O’Brien’s runners Deauville.
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You never know what’s around the corner with the Derby. Bar Churchill there hasn’t been a standout horse in the trials – with that in mind there should be lots runners.
We all wore black armbands in the Dante after hearing of Alan Swinbank’s passing.
I was saddened to hear the news. He was a lovely man and a successful trainer for a long, long time.
I won the Cambridgeshire for him on Formal Decree a few years ago. It’s always a shock when people pass away and I obviously send my condolences to Alan’s family and friends.