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Ready for Benbatl Down Under

26 Oct 2018

Benbatl and Oisin Murphy in Dubair

I’m delighted to finish the domestic season in the UK on such a high. I’ve been very fortunate through the season to ride so many good horses. The support I’ve received has been absolutely fantastic. I can’t thank everyone enough.

This weekend I’m riding at Moonee Valley in Melbourne. I’ve got Spirit of Valor on Friday for Aidan O Brien. He’s a talented horse but I’ve a tough draw. US Navy Flag can hopefully do the European’s proud.

Saturday, I’ve got 4 rides. I’m pleased to team up with my ex boss Danny O Brien for a pair of mounts in Group 2s. I was very fortunate to spend time with him during my apprenticeship, which Andrew Balding organised.

I’ve also got a pair of mounts for Saaed Bin Suroor and Godolphin. I’m very familiar with both Prize Money and Benbatl, and I can’t wait to give it my best shot as the latter takes on Winx in the Cox Plate.

It’s a brilliant time of year with so many top flight international races. Please god I’ve plenty to savour before the end of the year. Remember Fast horses make Fast Jockeys.