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Dec. 12, 2014

Pictures courtesy of Micheal Harris
We are currently sponsoring Jump Jockey, Kevin Jones.

Waiting for a bus

We all know about the London Buses. Wait an age for one then they all come at once! Well sometimes it seems to go that way with riding a winner. You can have dry spells but once you get one on the board others soon follow!


Stansteele-rose-jockey

For me it had been about six months since my last winner, but I had still been having plenty of placed rides, but finally Sidbury Hill managed to get his head in front for me on Saturday the 6th at Chepstow. “Stan” ran a fantastic race jumping well and travelling superbly but when push came to shove we both had to battle hard to win. This is something I really enjoy doing, it’s what I like training for. It’s similar to an arm wrestle when you’re both at full strength, locked horns powering away and whoever has the most determination and the horse power underneath them will usually come out on top. Luckily for me, Stan doesn’t like finishing second so was very brave and held on for a very narrow victory on the line! Winning on this horse means a lot to his owners, Mr and Mrs Rawlings, as they bred him themselves and have been through a lot with him. I really enjoy riding for them as they bring a great atmosphere to the races and from my five rides for them I have had 3 winners and 2 seconds! That’s a nice record I would like to keep up!

Song Light

The second bus to come along was in fact my very next ride the following day at Huntingdon Racecourse. Song Light. I had worked this horse earlier in the week at Seamus’s and I thought he was feeling great. He was moving well and his coat was shining like the shoes of a regimental soldier, these are good signs of knowing a horse is well. He worked very well with a couple of nice horses and I told the boss I was sure that this horse has improved from his previous run at Cheltenham. I was quietly positive he could run a big race next time and fortunately I wasn’t wrong.

I got legged up onto the horse in the parade ring, and the vibes coming from the horse and the atmosphere of Cheltenham got my blood pumping and me ready to rock and roll. Cantering to the start past the crowd of thousands of people added to the excitement. I was like a dog with 2 tails, 3 tennis balls and 4 very large bones. Not to imagine the horse was getting these vibes to, with his ears pricked taking it all in.

Settled at the back, as we did last time, he jumped foot perfect again. We came round the bend towards three out carving through the field, like a hot knife through butter, the right gaps opening up at the right time. So when we turned the final bend into the home straight we were just in front with only two flights of hurdles standing between us and the finish line! He jumped them well and won by 3 and 1/2 lengths comfortably.

‘Black Type’

The third bus to come along wasn’t in fact a winning one but was a 3rd at 25/1 in a mares’ listed race worth £20k. This was as good as a win for her owner. When a mare wins or is placed in a listed race it is looked upon very favourably in their record, known as ‘Black Type’, ready for when they start their new career as a brood mare later on.

An all-round fantastic weekend.

Back on two legs

The following week was a quiet week with not many horses running. At these times I still don’t relax, I usually head off to the swimming pool and sauna three nights a week to help keep my fitness up and monitor my weight. I used to run regularly but after my second fractured pelvis I tend to be a little bit lame afterwards so now I alternate between swimming and running to keep myself fit and sound.

-Kevin Jones