2012 was a mixed year for me for obvious reasons. This time last year I had a very uncertain future and it wasn’t until late April that I knew my appeal had been successful and I was able to resume my riding career. Well there’s no such problem this year and I look forward to the forthcoming year with great optimism. I will as usual be riding for Luca Cumani and James Toller, James is a very good judge of a horse and he will have some nice types for the year ahead. However, Saigon has gone to pastures new which is sad as he gave me opportunities to ride in Group 1 races but I’m hopeful that Rewarded will progress as a 4 year old and run in some nice races.
Luca Cumani obviously has more horses than James but as usual Kieron Fallon will be stable jockey and it will be a case of riding where needed but I will hopefully get opportunities over the course of the year to ride some nice horses.
I don’t know what it is but in this game you can ride for certain people and you can just have no luck whatsoever. At the moment I put Dave Evans in that category. It’s very frustrating. Dave has given me some great support over the past few months but I can’t seem to get that elusive winner for him having had quite a few get in the places. Then on the other handyou can have success for a trainer yet they can stop using you at the drop of a hat….sometimes it really is a funny old game!
Anyway it’s a short week to tell you about but here goes…..enjoy!!
Tuesday 1st January – Racing is at Wolverhampton but it’s a poor card and not a massive amount of runner’s so, as none of our trainer’s had anything in I took the day off. I am told that it was a massive day for all of you Post Racing member’s as you had a winner on the day which hopefully you’ll of backed!! Well done everyone.
I spent new year with some friends, had a quiet evening with dinner and a few drinks so it was nice to have a lay in before things started to get into full swing again. Mark had warned me that I had light on Wednesday so it was a case of taking things steady. I went for a run and had a sweat in the bath when I got back. Then it was a case of taking things easy as I had been suffering from the dreaded lurgy that was doing the rounds!
Wednesday – I rode out for Chris Beek before going home, had a bath and got changed before heading to the races. I had three rides at Lingfield before going to Kempton for the last race. On the way to the races I was called by Attheraces for an interview regards my rides for the day.
First up was One Way Or Another for Dave Evans, the old horse ran a solid enough race finishing third but at the same time was a little disappointed, as he had a chance at the weights. My next ride was another third place, this time it was Run It Twice, again for Dave. Again he ran a solid race but that winner for him eluded me yet again. My last ride at Lingfield was Calypso Magic for Olivia Maylam. He had won for me last time and whilst it was a slight step up in grade he ran a nice race, getting beat just over three lengths. He can win again though in similar company.
I left Lingfield for Kempton, my ride there was a horse called Subtle Difference, trained by Andrew Balding and owned by Kirsten Rausing, so it was a nice ride to get for good connections. There was an odds on favourite in the race and we finished second to it. Being fair we were 10lb wrong with the winner so we ran as well as expected. I went home, cooked some dinner and then went to bed.
Thursday – I rode out at Brendan Powell’s in the morning before racing. I only had the one ride at Lingfield, Dubai Story for the Beek/Lidderdale team. He had ran the day before and this was a quick run so the handicappper could assess him for a mark. He ran well enough for a long way until the previous day’s exertions caught up with him and he tired.
Then when I arrived home it was time to write this up for you!
Looking ahead, Friday and Saturday is quiet, Wolverhampton for one on Friday and Lingfield Saturday for CYFLYMNDER for Dave Griffiths. He ran a cracker the other day when just needing the run, he’s dropped back in trip to 7 furlongs here which will suit too so hopefully we’ll be in the shake up. On Monday there’s a chance I may ride MENADATI, he’s ran well in his recent races and could go well. On Wednesday I will be riding my old friend SCOTTISH LAKE. I’ve won three on him from five races and always gives his all so I’m looking forward to riding him again!
Right, well I’m signing off and I look forward to telling you what I’ve been up to next week!
Bye for now!