Wayne Hutchinson: Total respect
Wayne Hutchinson is delighted to have picked up the feature race ride aboard Totalize and he's looking for a big run.
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I am delighted to have picked up the ride on Totalize in The Ladbroke at Ascot, so a pat on the back to my agent Chris Broad as he has done a very good job.
I found out about it on Wednesday evening and a lot of the each-way value had gone on him by then as he'd been the subject of plenty of money earlier in the week.
He has had just four runs over hurdles so there should be more to come although there is always the question in terms of inexperience in a race like this.
But he did run a really good race at Cheltenham in the Fred Winter at the Festival where he finished fifth. He went around the inside that day and looks a hardy type - you do need a horse that can hold his own and go for the gaps when they appear.
He's by Authorized so the softer the ground the better for him and, hopefully, the conditions look to have come right on Saturday. I've had a few rides for Brian Ellison along the way and his stable is in great form so I am really looking forward to the race.
Bless The Wings runs in the Silver Cup earlier on the card and I thought he ran well on his comeback at the track early last month when sixth behind Houblon Des Obeaux.
He needed that and has taken his time to get over the run but we've been very pleased with him in the build up to this and I'm hopeful of a good performance.
I'm still positive that he will stay three miles and I like his chances as he's back down near to the handicap mark that he won off last season.
I have just one ride at Bangor on Sunday and it's Unknown Legend in the novice hurdle.
He's quite a busy horse at home and won a point-to-point when he popped out and made all but those tactics didn't work first time at Wetherby and he needs to learn to settle in his races.
He was a bit keen again at Haydock last time in a good race but I'll drop him in on Sunday again to try and teach him to take his time.
I fancied the chances of Timesishard last week at Doncaster and I was glad that he reproduced his novice form and won.
The better ground and flat track suited him well and he showed plenty of resolution up the home straight although he still has some maturing to do.
His future is over fences and he's still a bit of a baby - I suggested to connections after the race that he may benefit from wearing headgear.
I was delighted that Our Phylli Vera won at Plumpton this week as she has taken a bit of time to get her confidence back after a nasty fall last season.
A lot of praise has to go to the stable staff back home, who have worked with her as she jumped really well and this win will have done her the world of good.
She has to be one of the lowest rated horses in the yard but the pieces have come together now and clicked so hopefully she can go on from here.
I though Bobcatbilly was a nice big horse when I rode him into third place at Ludlow for Ian Williams on Wednesday.
He was a bit gassy and keen and just did too much in the first half of the race but is certainly one to keep an eye on. He has some maturing to do physically and mentally but can do better than this run.
I was pleased with Lidar's second at Exeter on Thursday as we were slightly worried about the ground for him before the race.
He travelled well and jumped away great so this was an ideal starting point after a year off. He's now got some match practice in and should be winning his races soon.