Watson at Newbury – 17 August
Newbury Racecourse Ambassador Jason Watson gives his thoughts on his four mounts at Newbury today.
I thought he was a really nice horse when I won on him at Windsor and the time before finished third at Nottingham. The last day at Newmarket we weren’t sure whether to run him on the quicker ground and he absolutely hated it. We looked after him in the race. He came back a sound and happy horse so it doesn’t look to have affected him. There could be a lot of rain about and I feel he is a ten times better horse with a bit of cut in the ground. I think conditions should be perfect and the trip will be fine. I think he will run a strong race.
3.00 Ripp Orf
He has been running well lately but he’s been a bit unlucky at the same time in not getting a run through races that would have been ideal for him. He won off a 1lb higher mark for me last year at Ascot. Soft ground probably won’t help our cause. I think he is a top of the ground horse. It was soft when we were second on Champions’ Day last year so he goes on it but if it hadn’t have been soft he probably would have won the race. This race doesn’t look overly strong. He is running off top weight but seems to have got better as the year has gone on. He didn’t disgrace himself on good too soft last time at Ascot. He could run another big race and hopefully go very close.
I was very happy with his debut at Newmarket. He gave me the feel of a nice horse and was beaten by a horse who had previously finished second to Logician who is now rated in the 100s. We finished half a length behind him at Newmarket and he has a rating of 95. Had we had experience we probably would have won the race. I think he can run a really big race. The trip will be perfect, and I don’t think soft ground will bother him as he is a Sea The Stars colt. He’s not very exposed where there are few that are. Newbury will suit him and he is one I have to look forward to.
He is not off a bad mark and has been running well in this grade. If the ground stays good or soft he should be much more suited to that. If it gets any quicker I am not sure how much he would enjoy it. He’s been in good order and was unlucky to get beat with me two starts ago at Kempton. He also ran a solid race the last day. There are some possible improvers in the race but the signs are that he will run well.