J-Mac and Hugh showing their skills

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Hughie might have got a couple of our best bets home with very good rides so I should mention he rode well. I just watched McDonald’s rides closely and it’s amazing how quickly he makes a decision during a race and how he gets it right so often. The POLITICAL DEBATE ride was 10/10.

Race 2: Nothing special about the ride on FRANCESCO GUARDI but he did get it home in a driving finish.

Race 3: This ride on POLITICAL DEBATE was outstanding. Tried to hold a spot midfield but probably shuffled a pair further back than he wanted. Realised at the 1000m mark that he was behind a horse he didn’t want to track and that he could pull out three wide and have cover. From there he got a free tow into the straight. A super ride for those who took the short odds. Anyone else rides and you probably lose your cash. RIDE OF THE DAY STUFF.

Race 6: Just knew there wasn’t much speed so grabbed the box seat. Again, not spectacular but wins in a driving finish.

HUGHIE wasn’t far off. Come out positive on BALLER to find the perfect spot midfield with cover. Just had to steer into fresh air in the straight and saved the horse for the last 300m. He’s got a nice turn of foot when held up and got the job done.

He was then positive in the last on ATHELRIC and made sure bad luck was taken out of the equation when he went and sat outside leader. I’ve seen many horse travelling like him here at EF and the jocks go from the 450-500m (and hit a wall). Hugh just waited until the 300m before he really got stuck into him and made sure he’d still be strong late.

It’s been a pleasure watching them ride up here (and backing them!)