Hi everyone, I hope you’re all keeping well and backing a winner or two!
Well what is it they say about buses? Well, its been a similar scenario with winners for me as I followed up my win on Abilene last week with wins on Idol Deputy and King Olav this week and its nice to have had a few winners but even nicer to say that all the horses have run well too.
Idol Deputy is a regular ride of my good mate Rachael Kneller, so as she was on holiday my agent Mark managed to get me on him and it was great to ride a winner on him for his new trainer James Bennett. It was also a first flat winner for James with his first flat runner so it was a nice start for him and his team. I’m at Wolverhampton as I write this and the old boy has just ran a cracker under Rach in the feature race here to show just what great form he is in!
I won on King Olav at Kempton on Monday and he did it really well. We were drawn wide but we got away quickly and managed to get to the front and dictate things. We kicked on at the two pole and he quickened nicely to have the race in safe keeping soon after, as nothing was finishing from behind (that’s us approaching the winning post!) He is likely to be in at Lingfield at the end of next week under a penalty, and he may follow up if in the same mood of course?
My other rides this week include James Toller’s Chester Row, who showed some promise when second on his debut to a 78 rated horse of Richard Fahey’s, and he may well pick up a little maiden somewhere. The Toller team are in decent form at the mo having had a winner this week, so long may that continue!
I rode Crimson Monarch here at Wolverhampton today and he ran on well to finish third, and rest assured he will continue to run well in similar races at Dunstall Park and will always try for you which is a bonus.
The winners this week have coincided with the start of my new sponsorship from GBI Racing, who provide UK and Irish racing coverage to betting shop providers around the World and I’m delighted to be part of their team. As part of the sponsorship I have also become their Racing Ambassador so I am already looking forward to that, and I hope that the past week’s success is the start of things to come!
Looking ahead I ride Embankment on Saturday in a handicap at Sandown on their jumps and flat card. He is trained by William Jarvis and owned by Canisbay Bloodstock, and as I have had a few winners for the owners, I hope this fellow could go close to adding to them. Regarding next week, the Wildenstein family owned Abilene is entered up at Pontefract on Wednesday, and as she is a three year old, she will get a weight for age allowance of fifteen pounds, so I hope I may retain the ride having won on her already. On the subject of Abilene, when I won the maiden on her last week I was asked about her by the reporters, and I was also asked why the Cumani team were flying their flag so high, so early on, to which I replied along the lines of “the horses have been kept going over the winter and as you can only do so much at home, it makes sense to run them”.
To my disappointment and dismay I read the paper and saw that I was quoted as saying “I’ve been riding her at home and I told Mr Cumani to run her”.
Let me make it clear – I never told Mr Cumani to run her. In my eyes Luca is a genius, and he has forgotten more than some people will ever know about training and will never need me to tell him to do anything! I love and value being part of the team at Bedford House and if the press want to make me out to be saying things I didn’t, then I will be thinking twice about talking to them in the future – this could have easily caused me problems with the boss and I certainly don’t need that, a major case of being misquoted by the journo’s who should remember that the jockeys try to give and offer feedback when we ride a horse, (on the racetrack or on the gallops), but I never ever tell a trainer what to do!
Other plans for next week are all up in the air as there are possibilities at a number of meetings on Tuesday and Wednesday, though on Monday I know I will be going to Lingfield and one of my confirmed rides is on the John Long trained Custom House. He ran well last time and he will have an each way chance if putting his best foot forward.
Have a great weekend and I will see you all here next week.