For the first 51 weeks of the jumps season Lucy has been leading the Conditional Jockey’s Championship – that changed yesterday with a double from the talented Brendan Powell taking him into the lead for the first time. Also in hot pursuit are last year’s winner Henry Brooke as well as Micheal Nolan and Tom Cannon; the title race finishes on Saturday hence a few entries at Market Rasen! So the pressure is on, we hope to have a very busy week but it is largely at the Perth Festival where the excellent prize money on offer will draw raiders from Ireland, Wales and the South of England with plenty of determined Northern opposition – it’s going to be very difficult to win and we can only do our best but it would be marvelous for racing in Scotland and the North if Lucy could pull this off and it would also represent a major boost for all aspiring female jump jockeys. The key under pressure of course is not to make mistakes, I am sure Lucy will be as cool as ever but can the same be said for me? I hope so, apart from ensuring they are fit and well my job is to get the horses into the right races – far from straightforward but research and focus is everything and I know I can trust myself not to run anything that I shouldn’t.
I was somewhat underwhelmed by Academy’s effort at Newcastle yesterday but Lucy was encouraged by him relaxing on the racecourse for the first time, he jumped very gingerly over the first few clearly remembering his heavy fall last time at Ayr but improved as the race went on, hopefully he will run again soon. I am bypassing Hexham today in the interests of the above but if the ground hasn’t dried out too much we will run Makhzoon (Lucy) in the 4.ooand Ocarina (Kit) in the 5.00, both have a little each way chance. Lucy also rides Calculaite in the 2.30, Mansonnien L’As in the 3.30 and Rene le Roi in the 5.35.