Raring to go at Sandown

  • Last Updated: April 25 2014, 16:37 BST

Top jockey Wayne Hutchinson returns from a spell on the sidelines with four rides at Sandown on Saturday.

Wayne is back in action on Saturday with four cracking rides
Wayne is back in action on Saturday with four cracking rides

I have been out of action since suffering a knee injury in a fall at Towcester earlier in the month but everything has gone to plan and I am probably a few days ahead of when I actually anticipated coming back.

I have made good headway since Easter weekend and there were rides for me on Saturday so it is all systems go to make it to Sandown.

I will have to be cleared when I get to the racecourse but that will be a formality as there are no problems. I have been downgraded on the system from having a red entry to amber in my medical book.

"I will have to be cleared when I get to the racecourse but that will be a formality as there are no problems. I have been downgraded on the system from having a red entry to amber in my medical book."

That means you turn up on the day and the doctor will maybe want to see me do some squats or something and then we will be good to go.

I have four really good rides starting off with Ronaldinho in the Bet 365 Juvenile Handicap Hurdle

He ran really well last time at Ascot considering the race did not work out ideally and he had a loose horse bothering him out in front.

But he stuck to his job well and ran a mighty race in the circumstances. He was quite free in the blinkers as there was no pace but Jamie Osborne's Saint Jerome is in the race on Saturday and that one goes from the front so Ronaldinho being too keen shouldn't be an issue.

We were thinking about preserving his novice status with the new season starting after the weekend but it is a good pot and looks an ideal race. He has got form on the Flat in softer ground and should be fine as long as it is not bottomless like it was at Cheltenham in January - but they were extreme conditions.

Godsmejudge ran a fantastic race in the Scottish National at Ayr and bounced right back to form. We were all delighted and it was great to see so I am looking forward to getting back on him in the bet365 Gold Cup.

He was one of the big reasons for my push to make this weekend - it is just two weeks since Ayr and it may come a fraction too soon but he has been in good nick at home.

We are very happy with him and if he can put up a show like he did in the Scottish National then he is going to be right there. 

We were pleased as well with Medinas after his run in the Ladbrokes World Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival and he certainly did not disgrace himself.

He drops back in trip to 2m6f for the bet365 Select Hurdle and that will be no concern as he won the Coral Cup at that type of trip last year. It looks an ideal race for him and he comes out on top in terms of official ratings so I am really looking forward to riding him.

I thought Vendor was a wee bit disappointing last time at Ayr for whatever reason. Jack Doyle is suspended and I haven't spoken to him yet but will have a chat in the morning and see what he felt happened that day

Vendor usually drops in and creeps away in his races and his form earlier in the season is pretty solid. He was in the process of running a good race in the bet365 Handicap Hurdle last season so I think that the track will suit him and hopefully he can bounce back to that mid-season form and be bang there.

Finally, looking ahead to next week, the plan is to go Punchestown with Balder Succes. He is in the Champion Chase over two miles on Tuesday but I think that connections are leaning towards the novice event on Thursday.

It will be my first time riding over there so I am looking forward to the expererience. We have been very happy with Balder at home since his win at Aintree - the plan since Christmas has always been to keep him fresh for both Liverpool and Punchestown.