It was a really hard choice getting off Opinion Poll in this afternoon’s Gold Cup as he is one of my favourite horses. He looked as good as ever at Sandown last time in the Henry II Stakes having won in Dubai before that.
However, he loves soft ground and even though there is rain forecast, I'm not sure there is enough around to make the going any worse than good.
Colour Vision will love the conditions and I suppose I ultimately opted for him as he is the fresher of the pair and definitely has more improvement in him. He was seriously impressive at Kempton last time and is only a four-year-old. He beat Red Cadeaux that day who has since gone on to win the Yorkshire Cup, so the form stacks up well.
Obviously, the favourite Fame And Glory will be incredibly hard to beat if the same horse that won last year's race turns up.
I've got a couple of rides for Jeremy Noseda and one for Ger Lyons today, but the big one is the Gold Cup and let’s hope we’ll be celebrating.