"JUMPING" FOR JOY AS WE PREPARE FOR THE ALL WEATHER
We are a few weeks into the jumps season proper now, with the Paddy Power meeting commencing today, It is very much at the forefront of everyone’s mind. Although a Flat trainer through and through, I did start my racing career with Paul Nicholls. It was decided that I needed to go and muck out for a season before a pupil assistants job was earned!
Where better place to begin my career than mucking out for a Champion trainer? I spent a season at Dicheat and became friends with Harry Skelton, Nick Scofield and Ryan Mahon, whom I still enjoy following. During the season I was there, Paul saddled the first three home in the Gold Cup. I also took a great deal of pleasure from riding Breedsbreeze everyday as he picked up the Grade 1 Tolworth hurdle.
Although I do not intend to have runners over jumps, I do have a dual licence and I will be keeping a close eye on the events this weekend and all the major jump festivals through the winter. A few of our owners have horses under both codes and following their horses will be a hobby over the next few months.
Ian Marmion, Anthony Randell and The Done at One –Oh – Ones have handful of horses with Dan Skelton. Hunscote Stud have a couple with Alan King and Raymond Tooth has also enjoyed huge success with the like of Punjabi. Along with John Ferguson’s Bloomfields operation, there should be plenty for us to follow this season and I wish them all the very best over the coming few months.
Jumps racing aside, my full attention will be focussed on a small squad of horses I am readying for the All Weather in the early part of next year. Particularly interesting could be a couple of horses sired by American stallions. Southwell does not necessarily excite many flat racing enthusiasts, however it serves a very good purpose over the winter and I will not be afraid of running my horses where I think they will win.