Jockey George Baker looks back on a double and reflects on rides for the future in his latest blog. Here is what he has to say:
“Barbs Princess trained by Charlie Hills and owned by Barbara James provided me with the first part of a sensational double taking the 32Red Fillies Handicap at Southwell on Tuesday. Charlie only has a small, select team of horses for the all-weather, but just at the moment they are all running really well. I’d ridden Barbs Princess on her AW debut at Wolverhampton 12 days before where she won quite nicely, I thought she’d be hard to beat if she handled the Fibresand – which she did very well.
“The second part of the double came from Jeremy Noseda’s charge, Ian’s Memory who stayed on well in the 1 mile Ladbrokes Maiden, it was quite an ordinary maiden but run at a good pace and I think Jeremy did well to find a perfect opportunity for the horse.
“Looking ahead to Saturday I have a number of rides lined up. I ride a new recruit for Roger Varian, Mindurownbusiness which owner Alan Spence has bought out of David Simcock’s yard. I’m hoping he’ll go really well for the new yard in the Ladbrokes Handicap at Lingfield Park.
“I also ride Mr Edge in the coral.co.uk Handicap, he is interestingly trained by Warren Greatrex who is making his mark as a serious up and coming jumps trainer and only has a handful of flat horses. Mr Edge was bought from Sweden and his recent form is mostly at Jagersro which is quite different to our all-weather tracks in the UK so it will be interesting to see how he handles Lingfield.
“Looking around the international flat racing scene, it was fantastic to see the absolute top class group 1 Stewards Cup in Hong Kong on Sunday being won so impressively by Able Friend (AUS) now the highest rated horse of all time ridden by the fantastic Brazilian Joao Moreira.”