I am delighted to be heading to France for three rides on the card at Auteuil, It is a real privilege to be asked to ride in the Grand Steeple-Chase de Paris, whilst I have not ridden at the track before I have spend some time riding out in France for the likes of Richard Gibson and Guillaume Macaire. I have been watching replays this week of action at the track and spoken to a few people that have ridden there, I am really looking forward to the day.
My first ride comes in the feature of the day the Grand Steeple-Chase de Paris and I feel really lucky to be on Ajas here for David Cottin. It was around Cheltenham time that David messaged me asking me to ride in the race, I was delighted to be asked especially when it was to ride a horse as good as Ajas. The race looks very competitive as you would expect with the likes of Ajas’s stablemate Le Berry who has won eight of his nine starts, the 2019 winner Carriacou and last year’s winner Docteur De Ballon who Ajas beat last time out also in the race. That win came over a trip significantly shorter than todays race but looking at his form he has won over three miles two furlongs at Pau in January suggesting todays distance will suit, with a bit of luck I hope we will be in the mix come the end of the race.
Jeu De Paume
My second rides comes in another grade one this time I revert to hurdles on Jeu De Paume. His last six starts have all come at this track and whilst he hasn’t won at Auteuil he has run well in defeat on a number of occasions, Hermes Baie on the form book looks to be the one we all have to beat.
My third and last ride of the day is on Planteur Davier, he only joined his current trainer recently having been claimed after a win at Compiegne. He may need a bit more here but the trip and ground look really suitable and I am looking forward to the ride.