Plum Ascot ride for McDonald

James McDonald - Darryl Sherer
James McDonald

Darryl Sherer

New Zealand jockey James McDonald has been booked for a Group One ride at the upcoming Royal Ascot festival.

The Sydney-based jockey will be aboard the Charlie Hills-trained last-start winner Equilateral in the Commonwealth Cup (1200m).

“James is going to come over for Royal Ascot and maybe for a couple of days before as well,” Hills said.

“Equilateral is one he can ride and I'll see what else I can put him on, but if the word's out other trainers might want to use him as well.

“I think he's a world-class jockey who has a very cool head on him. We had a good bit of success together in the past – he won the Lennox Stakes on Dutch Connection in 2016 – and it'll be good to link up again. I think he's a great young talent.”


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