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Raring to return!

27 Jul 2015

Well, I’m very pleased today to be back and riding again. These things happen and you have to just take them on the chin – but I’m not going to say that the past week has been easy.

Well, I’m very pleased today to be back and riding again. These things happen and you have to just take them on the chin – but I’m not going to say that the past week has been easy.

When you live, dream and breathe racing, it’s hard to take a back seat. I’ve had plenty of sleepless nights but you do have to try and remain positive. I tried not to watch any racing on the TV in my week off, as I didn’t think it would be healthy keeping up with the winners that I was missing, but I certainly kept my eye in riding out every day!

I rode out for Michael O’Callaghan (whose Letters of Note who a Naas listed race for Pearl Bloodstock on Wednesday) and Jim Bolger last week and also spent Tuesday at Ballydoyle.

I worked there as a kid and it’s the most professionally-run stable you could ever imagine. Aidan is obviously a master of his craft and just has a knack of getting the best out of his horses.

I was chatting to Joseph, who is a lot more involved in the training operation now and rides out every morning, and he’s sure that John F Kennedy is one not to write off.  He has had a break and it will be interesting if he can return to his two-year-old form later this term.  I also rode out Plinth, who was in cracking form and should go well as one of their team of Jumpers at Galway this week.

It was good to get to spend some time back at home with my sisters (15 and 17) last week. They are so spoilt and just love spending my money!

I also jumped a few hurdles and poles whilst I was there.  It was nice to get an eye back in on something I used to do – but I think I will definitely only be sticking to schooling. I went down to the final fence to watch a race at Wexford during the week and had to close my eyes as they came over!

There wasn’t much time for sleep on Friday night as I caught the ferry back overnight and headed straight to Andrew’s to ride out on Saturday morning. I caught up with some sleep after – but was back up in time to catch the King George. It was a really exciting finish and I was really pleased for Andrea getting another Group 1 on the board.

I’ve been jocked off in the past, though, and you have to feel sympathy for Adam Kirby on missing such a big winner.

One big change for me personally is that I now have a new agent in Gavin Horne. My previous agent Sara Metcalfe helped me become Champion Apprentice last year and I will always be grateful to her for that. However, I just felt that I needed a change and for someone who was as hungry as me and was used to working with high-profile trainers. It’s so far, so good and hopefully Gavin can help me with my aim of riding winners every day.

If you’re riding 10 or more winners a month then you are well on track. I started off July really well, with seven winners, and I just have to get back into the swing of things now and avoid any further bans or injuries.

I often think that being jockey is like fashion – it’s very easy to go out of fashion! One of the best recent examples has to be Frankie Dettori. A few years ago and he couldn’t get a ride. Move forward to 2015 and he is the man in demand thanks mainly to the loyalty of John Gosden. You just need to chip away and keep your head down!

Speaking of which, I’m all over the country this week and will probably only make it down to Goodwood on Saturday. That doesn’t mean I won’t be keeping up with the action down there, though! GM Hopkins looks like a Group horse and will be interesting if attempting to follow us his Royal Ascot victory in the Betfred Mile, while I think Solow might just be the horse to beat in the Sussex Stakes!