- March 2, 2015
02nd March 2015
Festival reaches fever pitch
26/2/2015 It was good to have another win on It’s A Long Road at Taunton today carrying 12st 3lb on holding ground. It was a really good effort after his win Exeter last week and great for his trainer Tim Dennis. He hadn’t had a winner for a while so to get two in a week is really good.
Today I am at Newbury where I have four rides. It would be nice to get a winner and two have good chances.
I ride a horse in the first called Tuffstuff for Brian Barr. He’s a very well bred gelding and a half brother to Harry Fry’s Jollyallan. He’s a hurdles debutante and is one for the future as today’s race looks very hot.
My second ride is on Marie Des Anges for Anthony Honeyball. He won at Exeter the time before last quite impressively and he has a really good each way chance. He had a fall last time on very bad ground at Uttoxeter but he should make amends today.
Then I ride Oliver’s Hill in the three mile handicap hurdle for Lawney Hill. He was second last time and I think he will improve on that. He has a lively each way chance if he steps up on his Fakenham run.
In the bumper I ride a mare for Harry Fry called Ruby Yeats. She has a nice pedigree and although she has yet to run, Harry does well with his bumper horses and hopefully she’ll have a good chance. I think I am at Newbury again tomorrow although I’m not sure what I’ll be riding yet.
All the racecourses are doing such a great job trying to find fresh ground to race on despite the fact we seem to have had a lot of rain and the racing has predominantly been on soft ground. Everyone is on weather watch now for the Festival and I would imagine it will be good to soft.
My rides there are all very much up in the air and I will have a much better idea next week about what I will be on. Fingers crossed I should have a few rides each day.
I’m lucky I ride for people like Paul and Harry. It’s such an exciting time and even the races I won’t be riding in, I’ll be really looking forward to watching them.
As the Festival gets closer in the back of your mind you are thinking you can’t pick up any bans, although when it comes down to it you ride each race like any other. You just really want to stay in one piece for the Festival as it is so incredible being a part of it and if you are lucky enough to get on the winners’ board its fantastic.
Last night I was at a preview evening in Cirencester with Tom Symonds, Ben Pauling, Aly Rowell, tonight I am at Castle Cary with Paul and Sam Twiston-Davies. It’s always very good fun as its only two miles down the road. And then I will be at Exeter on Tuesday.