There will be plenty of pace on, which will suit David Barron’s horse, as will the trip, and the booking of William Buick is an eye-catching one.
Kynren has been in cracking form this season, coming up just short in the John Smith’s Cup and at the Ebor meeting and he can get a deserved big success.
Emaraaty Ana would be my choice in the Juddmonte Middle Park. He impressed me greatly in the Gimcrack at York and you can see why his new owner, Sheikh Mohammed Obaid, swooped for him.
As for the Cheveley Park, Signora Cabello was only beaten three-quarters of a length by Pretty Pollyana and was clear of the rest in France last time and I think she looks the value option of those two fillies, who could easily battle out the finish again.
Both Holmswood and Archi’s Affaire were taken out of their engagements at Ayr last week due the ground but I’d be keen on their chances at Haydock.
Holmswood has been knocking on the door all season and will go well in the Smarkets Handicap, while Archi’s Affaire is a horse we’ve always liked and doesn’t have many miles on the clock. He runs in the Bet On The Premier League with Smarkets Handicap.
It’s been two and half months since I broke my back and, while my rehab has gone well, I am not going to make it back for the end of the Flat turf season.
I want to ensure I’m fully recharged both physically and mentally and 100% fighting fit.
I have been spending most days in Jack Berry house in Malton, and going through a range of programmes, such as strength conditioning, Pilates, gym-work and so on. The facilities and staff there are second to none and I’m grateful it’s not too far from where I live near York.
It’s fantastic that Sir Peter O’Sullevan House will be opening in Newmarket, given the number of jockeys based there. Unfortunately, injuries, many of which are serious, are part and parcel of being a jockey so to have these rehabilitation centres are a great source of support.
I have spoken to a couple of trainers, who said they can keep me busy during the all-weather and I rode a fair few winners in January, so will aim to come back then and hopefully get the year off to a good start.
I wanted to pay tribute to Richard Johnson, who rode his 3,500thwinner at Warwick, followed by a five-timer at Perth. The guy is on fire – and to think people were talking about Harry Skelton making it difficult for him this season. Well, Richard’s almost caught up and only injury can stop him making it four titles in a row.
Richard is the man every aspiring jockey should model themselves on. Richard had to live in AP McCoy’s shadow for 20 years and despite the frustrations of finishing second all those years, he never gave up the hunt and now is reaping the rewards. You just need to keep honest and mentally and physically sound. Age is just a number and it shows that your time will come.