Daryl Jacob: Super Saturday
Daryl Jacob looks ahead to a cracking book of rides at Newcastle on Saturday – headlined by Sceau Royal.
Sceau Royal: Back up to Grade One company in Fighting Fifth
It's either going to be a very good day – or a very bad one – at Newcastle on Saturday where I have five cracking rides.
They include Sceau Royal in the StanJames.com Fighting Fifth Hurdle. He has done nothing wrong so far this season and has earned the step back up to Grade One company again on the back of wins at Cheltenham and Wincanton.
He seems in great form after his Elite Hurdle win, very fresh, and obviously I'm looking forward to riding him. It's a very competitive race as you'd expect and he needs to take a step forward again.
I know Apple's Jade was disappointing on her first start for Gordon Elliott but you can always forgive a horse one bad run. If she's back in the form she was in at Aintree and Punchestown in the spring she'll be hard to beat but my fellow heads there in great form and on a roll.
I also ride Elgin for Alan King in the opening New EBF 'National Hunt' Maiden Hurdle. He was second on his reappearance and hurdling debut at Aintree and I know they think a fair bit of him. He goes up there with a great chance.
Domperignon Du Lys won a bumper over in France and has come across this year to join Nicky Henderson. His work and schooling at home has been very good ahead of his first start in the Vertem Introductory Juvenile Hurdle.
It's a great starting point for him, and quite a valuable pot. The ground won't be a problem and he's another I'm really looking forward to.
I'm on Winged Crusader for Nigel Twison-Davies in the Coopers Marquees Handicap Chase. I don't know much about him but spoke to Ryan Hatch who said he's a good jumper and a hardy, staying type. That should stand him in good stead on Saturday and horses from the yard always tend to be fit and stay well.
Stablemate Callet Madd makes his British debut in the Weatherbys Stallion Book Chase. He came across from France at the end of last year and we've given him plenty of time. He's related to Ar Mad and this is his first run over fences. I've schooled him at home and he's been very good and gets in here off a nice low weight.
I hope he's going to be a very nice horse in the future and it will be really interesting to see how he goes.
My final ride is Bristol De Mai in the At The Races Rehearsal Handicap Chase and I think he has a great chance. He reappeared at Carlisle in a match against Seeyouatmidnight but the ground was too quick for him and he never really got into a rhythm.
The going will be more to his liking here and the step up to three miles won't be a problem. He's very interesting back in a handicap and his jumping will always be an asset.
Elsewhere I have rides on two old favourites to look forward to.
Reve De Sivola has been a great servant to me, I won four Grade Ones on him when I was stable jockey to Nick Williams.
His recent run at Auteuil will have put him spot on for the bet365 Long Distance Hurdle at Newbury. He'll be ok on the ground, even if it gets a bit gluey, and I'm very much looking forward to getting back onto him.
Finally Caulfields Venture goes in the Wymeswold Veterans' Handicap Chase at Leicester on Sunday. I really like the concept of these races, they give horses like him a real chance.
It was great to see him back to winning ways at Exeter last time but while his best form is all around there, this is a good stiff track as well that should suit. He'll be ok on the ground too if stays on the quick side.
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