Ronaldinho set to net profits
Top jockey Wayne Hutchinson looks ahead to his five booked rides this weekend, including Ronaldinho at Ascot on Sunday.
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I have three nice rides at Ascot on Sunday with Simply A Legend the first in the maiden hurdle. He is a horse that has been running pretty freely in the early stages of his races this season but is very consistent and has been knocking on the door.
He runs in a hood for the first time to try and help settle him better but he definitely has ability so the key will be to get him to switch off early.
Ronaldinho goes in the juvenile handicap hurdle as he did not make the cut for the Fred Winter at Cheltenham. This looks an ideal race but it will be competitive and there will be a few in the field with the same agenda as ours.
I schooled him on Thursday and was very happy and he will run in first-time blinkers for us - he wore them on the Flat when he won so we are hoping for a big run.
His last run at Doncaster was a good effort and even the time before that at Cheltenham on heavy ground against Le Rocher was creditable so this is a good event for his handicap debut.
Finally, Manyriverstocross has come out of the Cheltenham Festival well and drops back down in trip now for the noices' handicap chase.
That should not pose a problem so I am looking forward to getting back on him and riding over fences.
Looking back to last weekend, I rode Money For Nothing in the maiden hurdle over 2m5f and I was pleased with him as he jumped well, travelled great and showed plenty of promise.
I don't think that he quite saw out the trip and perhaps a drop back to two miles would suit better - he will be eligible now for handicaps as well.
I think that it is fair to say that Kuda Huraa might have bounced after his comeback run. This was a stronger race than three weeks earlier but he was never going and I was never happy from the outset.
I would have to say that it was one of those typical second runs back as he had been very well at home but you never really know until you get back on the track.
On Saturday, Fred Le Macon had his first start over hurdles and he has run a nice race. He galloped all the way to the line and is definitely capable of picking up a novice hurdle and will probably be saved until the start of the new season to protect his novice status.
Midnight Cataria ran a fine race in the mares' hurdle final after she had gone up 9lb and also dropped back in trip from her Ludlow victory.
She will be better served by going back to three miles and also going right-handed - she will be one who can go and jump a fence next season as she has plenty of size.
Springboks made his debut in the bumper and got a bit revved up by the hustle and bustle so has done far too much in the first half-mile but the experience won't be lost on him.
I rode a winner at Towcester on Monday aboard Bull And Bush, who travelled sweetly and jumped really well.
It was a step up in distance from 2m3f at Doncaster to three miles but she got every yard of the trip and is really coming to hand.
It was a bit of a head-scratcher from Nozic at Chepstow after his win last time at Plumpton. He travelled well early on and I gave him a squeeze coming round the bottom bend but he has just flattened out.
He is 13 and maybe he just did not turn up on the day, but it was a better race than at Plumpton.
Our Phylli Vera made a mistake three out but to be honest I was never really happy on her from the start. Normally she is a good traveller and perhaps does a little bit too much so the first priority is to get her settled but she never took me anywhere from the word go.
I was beaten instantly turning in when they quickened on and she never gave me the same feel as she did on her previous two runs so you can draw a line through this.
I did ride a winner at Chepstow on Pilgreen for Rob Walford and he is a nice big horse with no miles on the clock even though he is a nine-year-old.
He saw the trip out really well, will get further and will also jump a fence so hopefully the handicapper won't be too hard on him as he is open to more improvement. The front two pulled well clear in the race and he has a few options ahead of him.