For me, the Galway Festival is the best in the world because it gives everyone a chance to win, no matter how the horse is viewed, and everyone gets roared home no matter what their chances were before the race. You don’t get that anywhere else, because smaller Owners, Trainers and Jockeys don’t get the chance to have their horses at places like Cheltenham or Aintree, so for me, it’s a very special meeting.
The track at Galway is harder to ride as well and it often sparks a lot of older horses into action, like SHAKE THE BUCKET, who won on Monday, which was the highlight of the week for me and he got the biggest kick out of the weighing room as well!
I picked up an injury earlier on in the summer, which was nothing too serious, but was my first real injury and I hope there’ll be plenty more to come (as bad as that sounds, with more rides you have, it's inevitable that you'll have more falls)! Although, when you’re out of action, watching the winners you missed out on makes you twice as hungry to come back and compete, so the two winners I’ve had since returning were even more satisfying.
I placed twice in the Galway Festival. DEVILS BRIDE came fourth in the Galway Plate and ran well, but I think it was a matter of getting a bit of room turning in, nevertheless, he ran a cracker and actually won a lesser race yesterday at Galway. He’s an ideal horse who is consistent and can show up in a decent Handicap. I think the Kerry National might be a bit far, but the Topham Chase at Aintree next year could well suit him.
I was third with MIGHTY CONCORDE in the Guinness Handicap Hurdle, who was unable to quicken with the rest as they came down the hill, and lost his position. He always seems to come second or third, but I am sure he has a big win in him some day.
Today I am at Cork and I think it’ll either be a very good or a very bad day. I ride BACK TO BALLOO, FINAL BORU and HES OUR ROBIN who could all have a small chance and I’ll be disappointed if one of them doesn’t win.
It’s a pretty busy week, with meetings tomorrow and on Thursday, but it’s a little too early to know who I’ll be riding just yet, so it’s just a case of waiting for the trainers to make up their mind.
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