Midnight to chime in mares' final

  • By: Wayne Hutchinson
  • Last Updated: March 21 2014, 13:34 GMT

Top jockey Wayne Hutchinson looks ahead to three rides at Newbury on Saturday, including the promising Midnight Cataria.

Wayne is looking forward to riding Midnight Cataria at Newbury
Wayne is looking forward to riding Midnight Cataria at Newbury

I have three rides at Newbury on Saturday and start with Fred La Macon in the novices' hurdle.

It will be his first try over timber but he has been schooling well at home and done plenty. He's ready to start and run some nice races so it's a case of getting him started and seeing where we are.

Midnight Cataria runs in the final of the mares' event and she was a nice winner last time at Ludlow which has seen her go up nine pounds.

To be fair, she needed to as she just creeps into the race and is a pound wrong at the weights but I'd like to think she's an improving type as she is a big filly.

She steps back down in distance which hopefully should not be a problem and is at the right end of the weights so I expect a big run from her.

I could not tell you a whole pile about Springboks ahead of the bumper but he is a nice type and has done plenty at home.

He's been working on the grass and will know his job although it's a very competitive race being the sales event.

The bumper horses have been running well this season and the boss (Alan King) certainly knows how to get one ready.

I rode Changing The Guard on the final day of the Cheltenham Festival in the Grand Annual and he had enough toe early on to lay up with the pace.

He made a mistake at the second fence and just inexperience caught him out as it was only his fourth run chasing and he'll never have gone as quickly.

Our chance had gone heading down the back and I nursed him home - he actually ran on past a few going up the hill and I think he will be better served on a flat track.

One of the highlights of the week was Jamie Moore's win on Sire De Grugy and it was great that the jockeys came out to to salute him.

He's a great guy and a lovely bloke and I think that people in racing are very fond of the whole Moore family. It was a great story and we were very keen to show our support for him coming in to unsaddle.

I said last week that I thought Sire De Grugy was still the one to beat despite people trying to knock his form and he proved his worth with the style of his victory.

I was at Uttoxeter on Saturday and Songsmith travelled and jumped well on the way to third place in the handicap hurdle.

They probably didn't go hard enough for him and maybe he does not find as quite as much as you would expect off the bridle. Saying that, he did very well on his second run after a break and there might still be a bit more improvement - he's one to keep an eye on.


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I thought that West End Rocker ran a mighty race and gave me a great spin round in the Midlands National - it was an absolute thrill.

He has just got tired from the back of the second last and was entitled to but he showed that he still retains much of his ability.

He is 12 and age is creeping up on him but he ran well at the back end of last season in a veterans' chase and he has taken a bit of time to get back on the track.

What he does now, I don't really know but he would a great school master for someone to learn on if he went hunter chasing. He has been to the Scottish National before and it didn't really work out as it didn't suit him on the quicker going.

He certainly would not go up there again if there was not some give in the ground.

Tiger Feat ran in the closing bumper. He's only four and inexperienced so should take a step forward from that.

I was pleased with Great Value's win at Southwell on Monday. He made a few mistakes but it was his first chase for a long time.

He has had problems in his back and Graeme (McPherson, trainer) had been trying to get things right with him and was also waiting for some better ground.

In the main, I was happy enough with his jumping although there is more improvement to come in that area and he needs to brush it up.

The fences come thick and fast at Southwell and it's quite a speed track so he was pretty much flat out in the early part of the race but the further he went the better he went.

He won nicely and is one who could come out again and follow it up.

Trillerin Minella ran well when second at Exeter on Tuesday and has bumped into one trained by Victor Dartnall who could have been well in.

My mount is a baby still learning his job and probably wants a test of stamina as he is a point-to-pointer. He could be competitive off his mark and stiffer test should suit him well.

Roman Flight was third at Haydock for Dave Dennis and he has run a solid race. I would say he is not the most straightforward of characters as he ran in snatches and maybe a step up to two and half miles may suit.

He has jumped well though and keeps knocking on the door.


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