Congratulations must go out to Amy Ryan, as it looks like she is going to win the apprentice jockeys’ title this year.
I think she’s got a lead that sews it up for her as the season only goes on until Doncaster on November 10 – it’s brilliant she’s won.
The problem for me is that she has been riding so well that she leads me in the Prolinx Lady Jockeys’ Championship.
The Championship is awarded on strike-rate, which makes it very exciting and takes it down to the wire.
To be honest, it wasn’t really on my radar until my agent gently reminded me the other day that I was within striking distance. I’m fiercely competitive so I think I’ll give it a good go, especially as I’ve got a nice long layoff due to my operation afterwards but realistically what more can I do than I’m already doing now?
I was at Newmarket on Thursday for the juvenile card and it was good to win on Shrewd in the last. It was the horse’s first time over that trip and he stayed well so an exciting prospect for next year.
When the ground is that soft at Newmarket there is no strong bias and it’s just a case of finding the fresher ground. The website boys have put together all of the juvenile races for you, and there could be a fair few winners that come out of that card.
The biggest fish in the pond
There has been a lot of talk about Championships recently with Frankie Dettori joining the freelance ranks but I think chat about next year’s title is a bit premature. It is good to see he means business next year, despite the recent split with Godolphin, but that means even more competition amongst the jockeys. There are a lot of fish in the pond and he’s the biggest!
Talking of Godolphin, they look in a good position, as far as their horses are concerned, for next year. I was up against one of theirs a few weeks ago and he looked seriously good. I was riding a decent horse called George Cinq at Kempton and Silvestre De Sousa goes and breaks the juvenile course record on Tamarkuz. The horse was wide the whole way around and he finished six lengths ahead of me and the horse looks very smart.
I was sad to see my friend Chantal Sutherland quit the saddle this week. I have grown very fond of her having ridden together a bit over the last few years. The news didn’t surprise me, really. She’s done amazingly well and is settled and married now. Let’s face it, that modelling malarkey is right up her street and is much more straightforward than the racing game. I see that my video interview of her is the most watched on the Racing UK website!