I am delighted to have won the Prolinx Lady Jockeys’ Championship – although it was a close run thing between Amy Ryan and me.
Chuffed to bits
The championship was decided on strike rate so going into Kempton’s meeting on Wednesday night, my strike rate was 11.5% and Amy’s was 11.1%. But then I had a winner and Amy had a few rides without success, which means I’ve clinched it now.
I apparently get a cheque for £5,000, which I am chuffed about, so am very grateful to the sponsors and everyone involved with the championship. It’s a generous prize and has added some real spice to the end of the season for us girls.
While Amy lost out, I am sure she won’t be too disappointed as she will be crowned champion apprentice at Doncaster on Saturday.
She will make history by being the first female to win the title outright – I shared it with Saleem Golam a few years back – and she thoroughly deserves it.
Apart from being a likeable person, she has improved so much this season. She has always had a good racing brain but rides a lot tighter now and looks very tidy in a finish. I don’t see why she can’t go on to achieve the sort of success I’ve had. Pedro Mercado from Madrid and Martyn Ellis both asked me my views on Amy via email and Facebook this week, so there’s your answer!
I have picked up a ride in the Betfred November Handicap as Ian Mongan is not around to ride Crystal Gal. I have never ridden her before so I’m shooting in the dark a little although Ian tells me she’s a nice ride and will love the ground.
Saturday will be my last day of riding until February as I’m going to take some time off after my operation on the ankle and come back hungrier than ever next season.
In the hot-seat
Some of you emailed, Facebooked and tweeted in questions this week so here are my answers to some of them.
What is the best horse you have raced this Flat season? Gavin Evans on Twitter
I’m A Dreamer – to win a Grade 1 in America was amazing. She has such a good turn of foot and has been unlucky not to win more top races.
Will you be the main jockey for Michael Bell now that Jamie Spencer has his new retainer job? Speculate2Accumulate on Twitter
I don’t think there will be too much change. There has never been a pecking order as such at the guv’nor’s. It depends on the owners and if you’ve ridden the horses first time out. Michael has been so loyal to me over the years and I still feel very lucky to be part of his stable. Hopefully that will continue next season.
Any plans to write an autobiography? Richard Cobden on Facebook
Yes and it will be a best-seller, as I will be totally frank and honest! But to do that I think I will need to have hung up the boots so it won’t be for a few years yet.
What is your biggest win – Dream Ahead or I’m A Dreamer? Dominic Archer-King on Facebook
Dream Ahead because it was my first and it came at headquarters. It still feels surreal.
Do you follow the National Hunt? Paul Halliwell on Facebook
Not overly but I take my hat off to some of the Flat jockeys, such as Ian Mongan and Kirsty Milczarek, who are riding in a Jumps race at Lingfield on Tuesday. They are a brave lot and I wouldn’t have the guts to do it. I have schooled at Amy Weaver’s before and I was buzzing afterwards. But to do it in the open spaces of a racecourse at breakneck speed is a different kettle of fish!
What’s you Ideal night? Dave Harvey on Facebook
I am so exhausted, I think getting a consistent run of 12-hour sleeps is all I am interested in at the moment! I must be getting old…
Thanks for all your support and see you next season!