It’s been a while since my last update. The amount of racing over the summer months is quite relentless and I have been all over the county and country in search of rides and winners.
I’m currently without a car which means that if I can’t get a lift with one of the other jockeys I have to go by train which can be expensive and restrictive in terms of when I can travel. Nevertheless I hope to be back on the road very soon and this should make the hardest part of the job slightly easier.
I was beginning to wonder when my next winner would come along. I have been getting close but finally at Redcar on the second day of the Go Racing In Yorkshire Summer Festival I won the apprentice race on Donnachies Girl for Alastair Whillans.
This race was part of the Go Racing In Yorkshire Future Stars Apprentice Series and the win puts me back in front with 36 points. Hopefully I can stay at the top of the table as I would love to be the first jockey to win this two-years in a row.
My grandparents had come to Redcar to watch me ride so it was great have a winner. In fact I’ve had a winner every time they have come to the races so perhaps I need to persuade them to come along more often!
I didn’t have to wait long for the next win which came at Ayr the next day on Burn Some Dust for my boss Brian Ellison. This was a very significant win as it was my 20th which means my claim is reduced to 5lbs, so it was great to get it for the home team.
Away from the racecourse I was able to enjoy a day at Malton Show recently. I took my whippet Nell who did very well in the dog show and even won the ‘best six legs’ class, but I have to admit that the other two legs belonged to my girlfriend Keeley!