It’s been hard going for everyone in the heat this week, not just for us jockeys, but for all of the horses and their grooms who have had to work hard to keep them cool in difficult circumstances. Whether you’ve got four legs or two, the most important thing is just to stay hydrated.

That said, the weather forecast is very much set to change looking at the picture ahead for this weekend and rain is set to reach York ahead of my rides at the track today.

Get Knotted has won the opening contest on the card for the last three years now and bids to make it four on the bounce – the race has even been named after him as they’ve called it the Sky Bet Get Knotted Handicap.

He’s a terrific horse who always gives his running when things go his way. We had a nightmare draw last time, but he ran all right in the circumstances and he’s such a versatile horse that he won’t mind it whether it pours down or they only get a shower or two.

On the other hand, Camacho Chief, who I ride in the big Sky Bet Dash, the big sprint handicap, desperately wants rain. He loves some give in the ground and will always be one of my favourites after he gave me my 1000 th career winner.

He’s moving up to six furlongs again here, but he’s got a nice draw in the middle in stall eight and I’ll just let them go fast, get some cover and see if we can pick them up.

Le Maitre Chat is my other ride in the two-mile Sky Best Best Odds Handicap and he is also another one who would appreciate some give in the ground. Micky Hammond’s team are in good form at the moment, and although this one has been off the track for almost a year, I hope he’ll go well if he gets his conditions.

My other ride this weekend is Astrophysics at Pontefract tomorrow. He ran a nice race at Beverley last time and I’d be hopeful he could go well in the Fly High Faye Nickels Handicap.

Sunday’s meeting brings the Go Racing In Yorkshire Summer Festival to an end, and as usual it’s been a fun week. I agreed to take part in the Through T’Keyhole series with Sky Bet and Racing TV and they stitched me right up by putting a can of Just For Men in my bathroom cabinet!

All week, the jockeys have been taking part in a special football challenge in the parade-ring before racing and I had a go although I’ve always tended to be a defender – more John Terry than Eden Hazard. Cam Hardie has proved himself the champion in that respect.

As for the big race at Ascot today, I’ll in the weighing room at York watching the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth QIPCO Stakes like everyone else and waiting to see how Enable will get on against Crystal Ocean, Waldgeist and the Derby winner Anthony Van Dyck.

She is amazing and she looked as good as ever in the Eclipse on her return, but Sir Michael Stoute is an absolute genius and it’s fascinating to see him team up with James Doyle again as he bids to win this great race again. I can see Crystal Ocean giving Enable a really good race.

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