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24 October 2014
The season so far...
I’m delighted to be back writing for Racing UK and am optimistic of another good season. Hopefully I can point you to some winners along the way.
I’ve ridden 28 winners so far this season, so probably fractionally ahead of where I was last year, which was my best numerically. Given I broke my hand earlier in the summer in a fall at Newton Abbot and was out for five weeks, things have been going pretty well.
On that note, I have been reasonably lucky with injuries – touch wood. I’ve done my collar-bone numerous times and broken my left shoulder but that comes with the territory really.
I narrowly missed out on my maiden century by just three – although I did ride four winners on the Flat during the Jumps season itself, so I don’t know if that counts?!
Hopefully I can get to the magic 100 this year, especially as Venetia (Williams) is starting to run a fair few now. I’m also getting plenty of outside rides, especially for the likes of Alan King, Emma Lavelle and Charlie Longsdon, so I should be kept pretty busy.
Don't forget Timesremembered on Saturday
Aintree calls this weekend when I should hopefully pick up a winner, perhaps on one of Emma Lavelle’s.
First up though, I ride two for Alan King, Handazan and Roberto Pegasus, in the two handicap hurdles over two miles and furlong, and two and a half miles. I’ve never sat on them before but both have decent form.
Luckily, Alan seems to be turning to me in Richard Johnson and Wayne Hutchinson’s absence. I have finished second at the Festival and in the Scottish National on Alan’s horses so have a decent record for him, and he’s a great trainer to ride for.
My third ride on the card is Edgardo Sol, who has joined Emma’s from Paul Nicholls. I’ve only ridden him at home and he’s a bouncy little fella but looks to be pretty straightforward. He’s going well and hopefully the change of scenery could see him return to somewhere near his best which would put him right there in the Betfred Old Roan Chase.
I think Timesremembered might have an even better chance in the novices’ chase. He was a very good novice hurdler and won the Persian War at Chepstow this time last year.
He was also second in the Challow and not beaten far in the Coral Cup. This is his first run over fences and has been schooling well for Emma.
Last but not least
I’ll stay up in Liverpool as I have one ride, The Last Euro, in the opening novices’ hurdle at Aintree on Sunday. He’s only run in a point-to-point but has been doing everything very nicely at Emma’s.
We hope he shows us what a useful prospect we all think he is. I’ll be disappointed if he doesn’t perform – and I know I won’t be the only one.