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Thursday 21 November 2019

I think Tarnawa can do business

Trainer Weld a master with horse winning nice races on way to Ascot

Trainer Dermot Weld with Tarnawa after her win at The Curragh last month
Trainer Dermot Weld with Tarnawa after her win at The Curragh last month

As far as the jockeys' championship goes, this weekend marks the end of the season and I'd like to start by paying tribute to OisÍn Murphy and Danny Tudhope, who have fought out the title this year.

Danny has had a great season, including all of those Royal Ascot winners, and his success has been richly deserved, but he's met something of an immovable force in the Killarney native, Oisín, who has worked so hard this year.

I think it's easy to forget how young Oisín is, because he's so articulate and confident, but you can take it from me that he is both very bright and a very talented rider. He knows his form and his breeding inside out. You're almost asking for trouble when you say these things, but you could easily imagine that this will be the first of a number of championships for him.

He will get his trophy at British Champions Day at Ascot, where the one I like the look of is TARNAWA (2.45, Ascot) for Dermot Weld in the Champion Fillies & Mares Stakes. She didn't handle Epsom when she ran in the Oaks, but her trainer is a master and he has picked her back up and put her back together again, winning some nice races on the way to Ascot.

I'll be watching from Catterick, where I've got four rides, each with a chance I hope.

BILLY NO MATES (3.55, Catterick) is the one whose chances I'm particularly keen on.

He's had his excuses a couple of times of late, but I'm convinced that he's starting to become well handicapped and testing ground suits him. I'll be disappointed if he doesn't go close in the Follow WillHill Racing Handicap.

MAKANAH (3.25, Catterick) has a wide draw in the William Hill Catterick Dash, but that's no bad thing when the ground is soft as they often tend to swing wide and come up the stand's side.

He is another who won't mind the ground at all and he has been running really well all year. Moss Gill looks as if he could be hard to beat after winning at York last week, but hopefully we can run another big race.

BRASS CLANKERS (1.40, Ascot) is an interesting one in the opening Best Flat Races Live on Racing TV Novice Stakes. On the face of things, he's got a bit to find, having finished only seventh at Southwell on his debut last month, but I thought he ran with a bit of promise there.

I know his trainer Robyn Brisland thinks he will handle the soft ground and at a decent price, I'd be hopeful he might out-run his odds.

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