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The Season So Far…

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The Season So Far…

Friday 23rd of October 2015

Once I arrive back from my winter away in Dubai it is a case of getting back into yards to ride out for trainers, with the hope of getting the leg up on some of their horses. In Dubai I rode out quite a lot for Mark Johnston, so it was his Kingsley House stables that were my first port of call.

Fantasy Justifier (Ron Harris) Nottingham 03/07/15

I have made a few visits to Chepstow this season to ride work for Ron Harris who has been very good to me, giving me plenty of support and a couple of nice winner's in Fantasy Justifier (see right) & Nocturn.

Tracy Waggott has again been a massive supporter of mine and whilst we have had a few near-misses this season, we teamed up to win on Ronya at Redcar. The filly had shown some consistency for her previous trainer without winning, but on only her second start for Tracy she showed great determination to grind things out from the front to get a much deserved win.

Someone I rode for last year for the first time was Marcus Tregoning and thanks to my agent getting me on his River Dart, we have teamed up to win on three occasions from just six rides this season, so we are operating at a 50% strike rate! River Dart only carried eight stone at Ascot and Mark did well to get me the ride. In the race things didn't go to plan and I ended up having to make all on the gelding, but thankfully it didn't make a difference as he showed great courage to keep his head in front and land the prize! Sweet P was another for the stable to show guts and determination when we made all at Newcastle, we were headed in the final furlong but under a drive the filly pulled out more for me much to the delight of the winning trainer and owner (Marcus) who had made the trip North.

Thames Knight (Marcus Tregoning) Bath 26/08/15

Last week at Bath, I rode Thames Knight for Marcus (see left), who was well placed to follow up over course and distance, following a win there the previous weekend. We sat in behind the pace and made our move a couple of furlongs out up the centre of the track and the gelding stayed on nicely to hold on from Sword Of The Lord. That win was the first of a double on the card, the double completed by my most prolific winner this season in the Dean Ivory trained Goldslinger (see below). We teamed up successfully at Bath and Chepstow in July and last weeks win was our third together from five starts, all done from the front! He is a horse I like, he shows a real willing attitude and gives his all.

I have had plenty of support from many different owners and trainers so far over the course of the season and I would like to say a huge thank you for their continued support. I hope that this season goes as well as the last and with the continued support from my agent Mark and the opportunities from owners and trainers we can hopefully improve on last season's tally.

Goldslinger (Dean Ivory) Bath 08/07/15

When I was an apprentice starting out in my career as a jockey, I looked up to many of the lads in the weighing room and I was saddened to hear of the recent passing of Lindsay Charnock. Lindsay was a stalwart of the weighing room up North and always took the time to help out with us young un's! He was always there to chat with, whether it was to offer advice or take the mick. He was a real character. My thoughts go out to his wife Gloria, their daughters and all those close to him. God bless and RIP mate.

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Royston