Read our jockey ambassador's thoughts on his four rides at Kempton on Saturday and on Randox Health Grand National possible Final Nudge.
By Aidan Coleman
It’s been a very interesting week, beginning with my third place finish on Final Nudge in the Coral Welsh National at Chepstow last Saturday.
I wasn’t surprised to see him tipped by Racing UK's David Yates, as he had some good form going into the race on similar testing ground.
He gave me a fantastic ride, and approaching the fourth last I thought we might be in with a chance. He struggled a bit from then on, though, but ran on gamely.
His trainer, David Dennis, is to give him an entry in the Grand National and it will be interesting to see what the handicapper makes of his chances when the weights for the race are announced early next month.
It was a particularly tough renewal of the Welsh National with only seven of the 20 runners getting home and you have to congratulate Raz De Maree and James Bowen, who became to the youngest jockey to win the race at 16.
I’ve got a busy day on Saturday with four rides at Kempton, kicking off with Josses Hill for Nicky Henderson in the 32 Red Casino Chase over two and a half miles. He had a nice run around Taunton recently, finishing second to stablemate Top Notch.
He’s up against some smart performers, but has won twice over the course and I hope he’ll run very well.
I ride Wishfull Dreaming in the afternoon’s feature race, the 32 Red Lanzarote Hurdle. He’s having his first run for Olly Murphy, having previously been with Philip Hobbs, and has a good record.
This will be my first ride for Olly. His horses are running very well and I’m looking forward to getting on Wishfull Dreaming.
I also can’t wait to get back on Fountains Windfall in the 32Red.com handicap chase. He’s a very talented horse, but has been a bit unlucky since I won on him at Southwell.
He had every chance at Newbury last month when he fell three out in the lead and was going very strongly when he came down at the fourth last at Kempton in the Grade One Kauto Star on Boxing Day and you never know what might have been.
With a clear round, he should have a great chance.
My final ride of the day is on Don Bersy in the 32Red.com Handicap Hurdle over two miles, which is the last race on the card. He was a very good juvenile last year when I won on him.
He’s had a couple of races this season and should be fresh after a short break. This will be his first run at Kempton, but if he can reproduce his juvenile form he should be competitive.
Have a great weekend!