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Top jockey with views on his rides

I’ll be keep­ing my fingers cross the heav­ens open at New­bury as the softer the ground the bet­ter the chance for An­thony Honey­ball’s Ms Par­fois in the Ladbrokes Tro­phy Chase.

The big race of the week­end, and one of the big­gest hand­i­caps of the sea­son, is al­ways won by a very good horse. You just have to look at the re­cent win­ners, such as Na­tive River, Many Clouds, Bobs Worth and of course Den­man, who have all been su­per­stars.

Ms Par­fois is not up to that level yet, but she has per­formed well at the high­est grade, and she should be a lovely ride.

I say that be­cause there are no kinks, she is just very straight­for­ward. She gal­lops and gal­lops and her jump­ing is very good.

This is her first run of the sea­son but she’s done plenty at home and will be primed for this. I didn’t ride her last sea­son for one rea­son or an­other, but rode her over hur­dles the sea­son be­fore, and she al­ways im­pressed me.

She was se­cond in the Mild­may Novices’ Chase at Ain­tree on her last start over a sim­i­lar trip on soft ground, and the time be­fore that and she was a close se­cond in the four miler at the Fes­ti­val. Any rain would make this more of a test, which would suit her.

The book­ies have her as one of the lead­ing fan­cies and you can see why.

Thomas Pa­trick is a sim­i­lar price and, like Ms Par­fois, any rain will aid his chance. He had a ter­rific sea­son and the se­cond on his reap­pear­ance at Sandown three weeks ago will put him spot on for this. I don’t think there will be too much be­tween Thomas Pa­trick and Ms Par­fois at the fin­ish.

Other rides at New­bury:

Of my other rides, Champ lines up in the Ladbrokes Hand­i­cap Hur­dle seek­ing a hat-trick fol­low­ing two long odds-on wins in May. He’s only run five times in his ca­reer so is very much an un­known quan­tity and this is a big step up, but he clearly has a lot of po­ten­tial.

It’s a sim­i­lar story for What's Oc­cur­ring, who comes here on a three-timer fol­low­ing two odds-on vic­to­ries at Here­ford at Oc­to­ber and No­vem­ber.

Again, the Ladbrokes In­ter­me­di­ate Hur­dle is a big step up in class, but I see him run­ning well.

Be­hind Time would have a good chance in the Sir Peter O’Sull­e­van Memo­rial Hand­i­cap Chase, based on his win at Ut­tox­eter, but was pulled up twice sub­se­quently, which is a con­cern.

Look out for It’s O Kay: To­mor­row I’ll sin­gle out It's O Kay, who runs in the Stoney­gate Mares’ Maiden Hur­dle at Le­ices­ter.

He had shown up well in bumpers and made his hur­dles de­but at New­bury re­cently. He will have come on a lot for that and I think he’ll give a re­ally good ac­count of him­self.

Pais­ley Park comes good

I flagged up Pais­ley Park in last week’s col­umn and he obliged for us – although only just!

It was a valu­able hand­i­cap with £56,000 to the win­ner and it was a great weight-car­ry­ing per­for­mance.

He’ll be stepped up in com­pany now but his fu­ture re­ally lies over fences. He gives the hur­dles plenty of air, which is a great sign for his fu­ture ca­reer.

Told you so! Pais­ley Park was a win­ner

Hope: An­thony Honey­ball

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