Back at the ranch after, a wicked trip to Dubai. I only had to be there for Margot’s race on Saturday
but since it’s the calm before the storm and I have been a little run down recently I thought I would extend it slightly and recharge, mission complete.
Meydan is amazing, the facilities in the weighing room were first class though sadly I had no one to share them with, Loner! Chantal Sutherland is heading over world cup night so I’ll have some company, Chantal is Americas leading Lady Jockey, she’s good fun and a hottie, so very popular with the lads!
The track itself is beautiful, very uncomplicated, the horse seem to win from anywhere obviously depending on the speed of the race, the steady pace set in Wigmore Hall’s race wouldn’t have been ideal for him, he ran a very promising race. The grass track rode quicker than usual, I thought it
was fast with no jar and a carpet of grass on top.
It was nice to catch up with the Lads in the weighing room whom I haven’t seen since my injury, they are in good form and looking forward to the heading home to begin the turf campaign. In April there will be a lot of hungry jockeys kicking round and not enough racing but Mays fixture list will soon sort that out.
I have a very exciting month ahead, obviously Cheltenham this week. Myself and my sisters are going to watch Kel Brooke bash Mathew Hatton on Saturday, in Sheffield. Tuesday Notts County vs Sheffield united with daddy cool and his crew then back to Dubai….lovely Jubbly
Now……Get your Tweed out! The counting down is over!!
As promised I will pick a few horses each day, please
keep in mind jockeys do have a reputation for being the worse tipsters!
Today I’m going 4….
1.30 Dylan Ross e/w
2.40 Fruity O’Rooney e/w
3.20 Overturn e/w
PS.. Don’t be alarmed if you see a lot of drunken jockeys
kicking around it’s a well deserve day out for Flat lads, one last blast before
the busy months ahead.
I’m sorry I haven’t been with you for the last week, I got sick! I was feeling pretty bad on Thursday AM so like you do, I called my Mum, she said to get myself to the docs which was a good call because I had tonsillitis!
The days off have done me good, the spring is back in my step, I rode out Margot Did yesterday morning for the Guv’nor, she is on fire and now on her way to Dubai with Wigmore Hall who is an expert at long distance journeys, he also couldn’t be in better form. This picture was taken on Margot cam as we rode out.
March is a good month for me, I have Margot Did running on the 10th then when I return Cheltenham kicks off, so flippin excited about going, the atmosphere is unbelievable… you just have to go!
My knowledge of jump racing wouldn’t be nearly as good as the flat but Cheltenham week I’ll study my racing post over my breakfast and I will try to pick you a winner each day.
Be in touch soon
I was lucky enough to get invited to the Peter O’Sullevan Annual Award Lunch, the award was won by JP McManus who is the leading jumps trainer, and you could tell that it meant a huge amount to himself and his family, racing is very lucky to have him.
There was a good bunch on the table including Peter O’Sullevan himself and thankfully this time none of my neighbours fell asleep!
I seem to be spending a lot of time at Awards events, unsuccessfully might I add! This weekend I’m attending Jaguar Academy of Sports Awards, I have been nominated for the most Inspiration Sports Woman, so fingers crossed for me please.
I have been continuing to ride out in the mornings, the picture is of Margot Did and Wigmore Hall earlier today, they are fresh and well, both are heading to the Sunshine in Dubai. I’m busy tomorrow morning, I’ll be riding work for Amy Weaver, Michael Bell and Conor Dore.
The weight is good, weirdly I’m lighter than when I was riding, I think it’s because I have cut out the chocolate and Redbull, it’s really difficult to eat healthily when you’re constantly on the go, having Coeliac disease doesn’t help because I can’t just grab a sandwich. The food provided at the Racecourse is moderate but I won’t start ranting about that, Yet!
On route to Newbury to hook up with the Racing UK team, I’ll be back on Monday to let you know how the weekend went.
Wow I can’t quite believe the year I’m having! Another Group 1 race, happy days!
Margot Did is a pocket sized pony, she was the smallest one of the 15 runner field, she felt especially small when Hoof It filled the stall next to me, he is one of the largest horse in training!
Quote of the day has to be from Richard Hughes who said to me as we were pulling up “It was a good job you have learnt to ride her!” He was referring to the many near misses myself and Margot incurred last year!
Thanks to Team Bell for keeping her in such good nick, to Michael Bell and also to her owners Mr T Redman & Mr P Phillips.
I’m on Communicator at 2.30 today so wish me luck !