Close up view of Sacre blur
It was an absolute pleasure to ride in the Tingle Creek at Sandown last weekend and nobody had a better view than me of Sprinter Sacre in full flight.
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Unfortunately myself and Kumbeshwar were second to Nicky Henderson's horse but the rest of the weighing room are going to have to get used to that for some time as the winner is simply awesome.
He looks magnificent. I would say to everyone that reads this column, if you can ever get to see him in the flesh then it is well worth a trip to the racecourse.
Kumbeshwar couldn't compete with Sprinter Sacre, but nevertheless, he gave me a great ride and on paper we were always going their for third-place prize money.
We just hoped that Sanctuaire might cut his own throat up front and that's what happened. We managed to nick second as my lad travelled, jumped and galloped all the way to the line.
Alan [King] and the owners were delighted with the way he ran and rightly so. As for future plans, I'm not sure. It is tricky to find places to go with him. I suppose he will keep lining up in these graded races where the prize money is good and touch wood, he will continue to pay his way.
Earlier on the Sandown card I had a winner as Araldur made a nice comeback after 280 days off and it was a good training performance by the boss.
He gave me a super ride and travelled quite strongly through the race. He stuck his head out up the run-in when it mattered, dug very deep and is very honest.
I think for the time being he will stay over hurdles but somewhere down the line you will see him back over a fence. He has gone up seven pounds for that win and hopefully he will be competitive off his new mark.
Dolatulo was in a more competitive race than usual being on a Saturday but he has run an honest race in sixth in the Sportingbet Handicap Hurdle.
I said last week to readers that he has probably not got much in hand of the handicapper and he is finding life a little bit difficult. He deserves to win a race and he will somewhere along the line.
Southway Star ran okay in the mares' handicap hurdle and the ground was probably not to her liking. She has gone up 50 pounds from her first win and I think connections felt she deserved a shot after working her way up the ladder.
She was not good enough on the day but might go and jump a fence and is one to keep an eye on in the spring.
I quite like Palus San Marco, who I rode in the juvenile hurdle at Warwick on Sunday.
I probably just made a little too much use of him and he has got tired towards the end after looking like being the winner turning in. I think he will improve for that run and sometimes it takes the Flat horses an outing over hurdles just to sharpen up again.
He will definitely be winning in the future.
Mr Lando was second at Fontwell in the week in another juvenile hurdle and he was a bit keen for much of the way in a muddling race.
It was hard work but he has handled conditions well but is a winner in Ireland so has to carry a penalty - he is a good, fun horse who will be winning.
Moving on to this weekend, I have four rides up at Doncaster on Saturday and I start with Featherintheattic, who makes his chasing debut.
We were very pleased with his run at Kempton and he is in very good order. I schooled him over six fences on Friday morning - he jumped lovely - and we are looking forward to get him started.
Doncaster could be his ideal track as he is a good traveller and it will be interesting to see how he runs.
Ulys Du Charmil has had a couple of engagements recently and I think that Alan has been waiting for some better ground.
I think that he is off a competitive mark and I am hopeful of a big run from him.
Midnight Sail has run well around Doncaster before on better ground and he has been ultra-consistent this year which means he has crept up the weights. He is in good order and sure to be competitive.
Helpston needed the run last time at Fakenham when he was pulled up and things happened too quickly for him around that sharp track.
He is a smashing big type and I think Doncaster will suit him more so hopefully we will see a different horse to first time.
Overall, I am looking forward to Featherintheattic but Ulys Du Charmil could be a hidden gem so look out for him.