Hi there everyone, I hope you’ve all had a great week. Well hopefully as successful and as much fun off the track as it was on it as I saw you were back in the winner’s enclosure again with Rosies Lady.
A big well done to you all and of course to David O’Meara and Danny Tudhope. That was Danny’s first ride of the new year so it’s always nice to get off to a winning start. Personally I’ve had a frustrating start to 2013, all the horses have ran well with plenty placed but that elusive first winner of 2013 is I’m sure only around the corner.
January is always a quiet month and so far there has being a lot of small fields which doesn’t help when trying to get rides. The likes of Adam Kirby and Luke Morris are always in demand throughout the winter and I really hope Adam can win the all-weather title this year as he has being absolutely flying!
In the coming week there are a few days where there are only the one meeting, which makes it very difficult as everyone has their own rides for particular connections and the spare rides are few and far between. I have seen this week that it’s forecast that snow and a cold snap are on the way, if this affects the national hunt meetings at least there will be extra meetings added.
Anyway, here is what I’ve being upto over the past week….enjoy!
FRIDAY – I started the day off by riding out for Brendan, I rode a couple of lots out before heading home to get ready for the races. After my bath and form study I headed off to Wolverhampton to ride Shearian for Tony Carroll. We finished fourth but I felt a little disapointed with him. It was then the fight with the traffic jams on the way back to Lambourn. The driving is definitely the worst part of the job!
SATURDAY – I rode out for Brendan, had a laugh as usual there! Then it was the usual scenario of a bath, change & hitting the road. This time to Lingfield, I rode Cyflmder for Dave Griffiths and coming off the bend I thought I’d pinched the race but he hung to the right and I felt he wasn’t putting it all in. We got swamped inside the last furlong getting beaten by only 2 & 1/2 lengths.
After my race I drove North to see Amy Ryan and some friends. We went out for dinner and later went for a dance. It was a brilliant night and was great to be able to let my hair down.
SUNDAY – I stayed up North overnight and as I was staying with Amy I took the opportunity to have a look around the yard. Her father Kevin gave me a guided tour!
He has some lovely horses and the facilities are great, all set in the lovely North Yorkshire countryside. It really is lovely up there. We went out for Sunday lunch and chilled out for the day and the next time I’m up there I’ll be taking my riding out gear as I’m sure Kevin will have me working one or two!
MONDAY – I travelled down to Kempton from Hambleton, it had being a great weekend & was lovely catching up with friends. I rode Calypso Magic for Olivia, he ran another solid race but the wide draw didn’t help us. I travelled back to Lambourn and it was a case of making some dinner and a nice early night cuddled up with my new puppy Hugo!
TUESDAY – I rode out at Brendan’s and while I was there an old friend of mine arrived…. Clearing House. He’s an 8 year old chestnut gelding that I rode 11 times when he raced and we won twice together. I always said that when he retired I’d give him a home and John Ryan kindly let me have him. So once I finished riding out for Brendan, I took the old boy out for a hack and boy was fresh!
I wasn’t racing so after getting Clearing House sorted I went home to get a bath and freshen up. Then it was a case of catching up with a few jobs at home. Once I was sorted I drove over to Newmarket to spend the evening with a friend, as I was riding out there on Wednesday morning I thought I’d take the opportunity to catch up with her.
WEDNESDAY – I rode out for Luca Cumani and James Toller, it was the first time I had ridden out in Newmarket since November so it was nice to catch up with friends both human and equine!
It was good to catch up with Luca and James as they are both very supportive of me, giving me some great opportunities to ride some great horses. At Luca’s I rode a 3 year old gelding which is a full brother to Validus…he was very backward at two and has also being gelded. He will be one of the stables early runners. At James Toller’s, I rode a 2 year old for him. He was un-named but will be wanting a trip. After I finished in Newmarket I set off for Lingfield where I was riding my old friend Sherjawy. He ran an absolute blinder finishing a close second to Charming and I was delighted as I was concerned if he hadn’t shown anything that he would be ready for retirement. So it was a nice way to end a busy day!
THURSDAY – I rode out for George Baker at his new base at Manton this morning, what a beautiful place to train from it is too. The gallops are superb and I’m sure George will be a big success training from there. I rode Ancient Greece and Petite Georgia in their work and both went well. From Manton I went to Wolverhampton for two rides. I rode Imjin River for William Stone, he ran well and I suggested a drop to 5 furlongs and to try some headgear. My other ride was King Zeal for Barry Leavy, he needed the run and blew quite a bit afterwards. Then it was back to Lambourn and an evening in front of the TV with Hugo, I watched Celebrity Big Brother to give my support to Frankie!! I really hope he wins it.
FRIDAY – I started the day off with riding work for Chris Beek, then you’ve guessed it….Bath, read the Racing Post and then in the car to Lingfield. I rode Sherjawy and the old boy ran another blinder, finishing fourth. I had lunch with Zoe Davison and the owners after the race which was nice before heading home and typing this up for you.
Things are quiet next week with only a couple of rides confirmed at the moment so I will finish by saying have a fab weekend whatever you are doing and I look forward to sharing my blog with you all next week.
Bye for now.