The unique setting of Chester reminded us yesterday that there is no place like it to reveal the talents of a jockey.
We always hear the pundits talk about how some horses do not handle this track well let me extend that to the fact that some jockeys don’t either and the usual suspects were at it again yesterday.
William Buick may have ridden many Group 1 winners but take him to Chester and he struggles, his ride on Bright Approach in the Oaks Trail should have led to him being put on Trial! Time and time again this track finds him out and I can’t believe his boss John Gosden was impressed or the people who had backed it.
Buick was by far from the only Chester “specialist” on show as our old friend Joseph O’Brian yet again proved why he should book a weeks holiday at this time. The concept of the tight turns and being near the leaders seem beyond him here and like Buick he has the uncanny knack of being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Compare their riding with that of Ryan Moore who yet again proved he is in a league of his own. It was another Moore master class and the grumpy one has proved this flat season yet again that he is worth half a length on anyone. All jockeys make mistakes but Moore makes very few and is rarely too far back and is rarely going too quick. He can also give them a very power packed finish when needed and is riding at the peak of his powers. Whilst unlikely to be offered a team captains job on A question of Sport or a lucrative after dinner speaking job Moore is the ultimate professional as he has proved again this week.
We are now in a very busy stretch of big meetings with Chester now and the huge Dante Festival next week, get with Stable Line Gold as we have some monster gambles lined up, it’s business time!
Back next Thursday.
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