See ride at Wincanton was out of this World
30 January 2015
I haven’t had a chance to see the newspapers yet, but if I could have two rides every day like I did at Wincanton on Thursday I would be a lucky man.
I don’t know why it happened on See The World in the bumper. He was very good beforehand, and very good after it. He just started hanging. It was nothing to do with how tired he was because he made up all that ground afterwards.
I had my stick in my right hand as I was poaching in and out of the wings down the back. I couldn’t pull my stick through - I didn’t have time.
He was really professional after that. I thought I would win beforehand, but it was a bit of a disaster for a furlong.
I always thought when I got him back in the race I would be second or third, but going through the wings of the last I knew I would pick AP McCoy up from there.
It would have been interesting to see how quickly he covered the last few furlongs.
Otago Trail was very impressive in the novices' hurdle but it was not a terribly good race. He can only win though, and he won well.
He goes well in heavy ground, but I don’t think it would be too much of a problem to run on better ground.
On better ground he might have to go up in trip and it is a long way from talking about the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle at Cheltenham. It is hard to say at this stage whether he would be up to that.
I have three rides at Sandown on Saturday, but before that I am giving the Racing UK subscribers a little tour of the Esher course before racing, which should be good fun. It is interesting to walk around with racegoers because it gives them a different perspective and shows them what the racecourse is actually like close up because it is very different from the stands.
I ride Brick Red in the Betfred Goals Galore Handicap Chase. He ran really well at Sandown last time when beaten by Mr Mole and if he does that again he should give a good account of himself.
He has been running well, and should run well, but whether that will be good enough I don’t know.
He ran well on heavy ground last time, but he is by Dubawi and has a good-moving action so good to soft will be perfect for him.
Junction Fourteen goes in the Betfred Mobile Heroes Handicap Hurdle and has been running well this season. He was fourth at Wincanton last time, and second at Newbury before that.
He was disappointing on his first run at Cheltenham at the Festival, and again at the start of this campaign, but you shouldn’t read too much into his two runs there – it was more to do with the circumstances of each race there rather than a dislike for the course.
He’s been quite consistent, which is why he has got so much weight. I think he might be vulnerable to something down the handicap. He’ll go chasing next year and should improve over fences.
I’m then on Bennys Mist in the Betfred Masters Handicap Chase. He has been second in a Topham and third in a Sefton, and ran really well when third in the Grand Sefton at Aintree last time. He does enjoy those big fences.
It looks a very hot race, and you can give a chance to a number of them but he’s quite consistent and always nicks one or two races every season. Here’s hoping it is on Saturday.
It has been a quiet week but I did see that Newbury are going to stage a hurdle race for veterans.
I think the whole veterans division is great, and with the level of care horses get these days it means they can keep running for longer.
It is a great incentive to keep horses in training – horses are bred to race, and if they can be encouraged to race on for good prize money that is brilliant for everybody. I am a big fan of it and I can’t really see a negative side to it.