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ROYSTON´S BLOG

The End of Another Season

Friday 31st of October 2014

I have now been in Dubai for a few days in preparation for the new season here. I will try to keep you up to date with how things are going over here and I can be followed on Twitter too at @RoystonFfrench

I enjoyed my best UK season since 2011, finishing with 13 winners from 237 rides. I did have 14 but Jolly Red Jeanz lost one in a BHA enquiry as the filly was one of those that tested positive for Morphine due to contaminated feed.

You will recall that I rode Jolly Red Jeanz to win at Chester for Barry Hills, well even though it was out of my hands it was frustrating to lose a winner for such a great figure in our sport. So I was glad to have later won on Artistic Muse at Ffos Las and put that winner for Barry back on my score sheet!

The highlight of the season has to be the win on Almargo in the Red32 Stakes at Goodwood for Mark Johnston & Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum. It was screened on Channel Four and a big Saturday winner which also gave me plenty of publicity afterwards.

Potent Embrace and Tasmanian were other winners I rode for Mark in those famous dark green silks, Potent Embrace was at Chester while Tasmanian's victory came at Gosforth Park in Newcastle. Newcastle was a happy hunting ground for me this year, with three of my winners coming up there.

The Ed Vaughan trained Primrose Valley won nicely in a nursery and it was nice to ride a winner for the owner Mr Pickering as I rode for him many years ago when Ed was assistant to the late Alec Stewart. My first winner for Mr Pickering was Mr Velocity back in 2004 and funnily enough that was also in the North East as it came at Redcar.

My other winner at Newcastle came in September on the David Evans trained Brisk. Brisk won very well, staying on well to lead near the post. Unfortunately, I couldn't finish my days work as I ended up going to hospital not long after visiting the winners enclosure as I pulled something in my back. Thankfully it didn't keep me off long, after a few days I was back in the saddle.

My last ride in the UK was the Mike Murphy trained Conjuring in a Newmarket nursery, she is a nice filly which is aptly named as she is owned by an enthusiastic partnership called The Hocus Pocus Partnership! We won a maiden at Bath in August and it has been nice to keep the ride on her.

I have to say a big thank you to all the owners and trainers that have supported me this season. Special thanks to Mark Johnston, Tracey Waggott, Andrew Hollinshead and Simon Waugh, who all gave me plenty of opportunities. I had a few near misses for Andrew but couldn't manage to get a winner for him or Simon, I hope I can put things right next season!

It was nice to ride for people like Dandy Nicholls, Dave Evans, Saeed Bin Suroor and Sir Michael Stoute again, all of which I have ridden for in the past and it was great to get the leg up again for them.

It also was great to ride for the Hills family for the first time, with both Barry and Charlie giving me opportunities.

Finally, I would like to thank Bryan Smart for his support over the years. Unfortunately Bryan decided that he didn't want to use my services anymore as I couldn't ride for him on one or two occasions. It is very much a juggling act for jockeys and their agents at times and the straw that broke the camels back came on a Thursday morning when declaring for a busy Saturday. It was very unfortunate but as I said, I would like to thank Bryan and his owners for their support over the past few years. We had some good times together, Maze winning the Chesham Stakes at Royal Ascot was a great moment and I also enjoyed some great days on Excelette.

The season here in Dubai starts on the 31st of October at Jebel Ali and I kick off with a full book of rides for the boss Ali Rashid Al Raihe. Here's hoping for some luck and hopefully kicking the season off with a winner.