I HAD my finest hour in the saddle at Ascot and it always holds a special place in my heart. But Frankel is the star of the show in tomorrow’s QIPCO British Champions Day, not me!
As we all know, he is an absolutely incredible horse and nothing will beat him. I ride the German-trained Pastorius and the best we can all hope for is a place. People keep asking me what I think about Frankel, but the honest answer is I don’t know; I’ve only ever seen his backside!
This is my favourite track and I hope to be doing a flying dismount after the first when I team up with Gold Cup winner, Colour Vision. He’s a really tough horse and although the ground won’t be ideal, it will put more emphasis on stamina which is what he has in abundance.
Opinion Poll is perhaps the fresher Godolphin horse, but I beat him in the Gold Cup and I wouldn’t swap my fellow for anything. We should go close.
The Sprint looks wide open and I’m back on Jimmy Styles who I won the Ayr Gold Cup with back in 2009. He won last time out at Deauville and if you take out Society Rock and Wizz Kid, there doesn’t seem much between the others, so I’d give him an each-way squeak.
The Fillies and Mares is also tough to call and I ride Testosterone for Ed Dunlop. I’d be happy if we could finish in the money.
Tomorrow is all about Frankel, though, so let’s just sit back and treasure this horse one last time.