It’s case of two rides and two good chances today.

Judicial is first up in the Coral Charge and all boxes are ticked. His trainer Julie Camacho has had two winners from her last five runners so the yard is in good form; he’s drawn well in stall four and Sandown’s stiff uphill finish will suit him.

A fast-paced five furlongs is just his bag and you can put a line through his run at Haydock, when I last rode him, as he got not luck in running whatsoever. A reproduction of his narrow second to Mabs Cross in the Palace House would have to give him an excellent chance.

I am then up to Beverley to ride Queens Gift in the D&P Palletways Delivery Confined Novice Stakes.

I was meant to ride her on her debut at Ripon but I couldn’t get there in time from Royal Ascot and she duly won, which is always the way! I was disappointed I couldn’t take the ride as she’s a really nice filly, who we thought would run very well.

She has come out of the race very well. She is dropping back from six furlongs but this stiff five should suit. She’s got a great chance.

I won’t be hanging around at Sandown to watch the Coral-Eclipse, in which Masar is the one to beat on the Derby form. It’s interesting that Donnacha O’Brien is getting down to 8st 11lb to ride Saxon Warrior and, while it looks a quick reappearance, following his third in the Irish Derby, Aidan O’Brien must be confident he’s going to show his best.

However, one at a nice price is Forest Ranger. He’s two from two this season, beating Deauville to win the Earl of Sefton and then stepping up to Group 2 level to win the Huxley Stakes, which he won very comfortably from War Decree.

He’s clearly still improving and has answered every question asked of him. This is the next step up but, with eight runners, he looks good value to finish in the frame. Fingers crossed for the owners, the Steels, who owned my first ever winner on the Flat.

It had been a frustrating week up to Friday morning with no winners and I got desperately close a week ago when Euchen Glen was denied by a nostril at Newcastle. He made up a terrific amount of ground and only just failed.

He has to be totally switched off at the back of the field in his races, otherwise he runs with the choke out, so he’s not the easiest ride but he’s certainly talented. You should upgrade that piece of form as to make up that amount of ground on a slow surface, like it was at Newcastle, was very eye-catching.

Finally, this hot spell is something else and I have to take my hat off to the management of the majority of the northern racecourses, which have produced really good surfaces despite the lack of rain. Ayr, in particular, deserves credit. The course is in top class condition and it’s great to see it bounce back after taking some stick.

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