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Dec. 1, 2014

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Seconditus

It’s a phrase we use in racing when our horses have been running well and jockeys giving horses good rides, but unfortunately there is always one horse which has run better than ours. Over the last couple of weeks I have been 2nd on several occasions and frustratingly with no winner! But there is always someone always worse off.


Sidbury Hill

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Last week I had a couple of very nice rides, Sidbury Hill being one of them. I won his very first race and was 2nd to a very talented horse called Josses Hill at Ascot next time out. ‘Stan’, as I call him, was having his 2nd run over hurdles at Lingfield on Tuesday, I was quietly confident this horse would run a big race. He settled early on, jumped very well and coming to the 2nd last hurdle had everyone beaten off bar the favourite who at this point had a 2 length advantage on us. Stan stuck his head down, gritted his teeth and tried his utmost best for me to try and catch the horse in front of us, jumping the last 2 flights with perfection. But the favourite, unbeaten in his 3 previous starts, had another gear and quickened away from us. Second again!

Song Light

On Saturday I had my first ride around Cheltenham Racecourse as a professional jump jockey on a young horse called Song Light in the 12.40pm 2 mile novices handicap hurdle race. Brimming with excitement, I had to go for a swim in the morning to calm myself down. My mum, who had never been to the races before, chose a great day to come along first time, being the Paddy Power Gold Cup meeting. She wasn’t the only supporter I had, my aunty and uncle turned up along with my youngest brother Mat, a proper rent-a-crowd.

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.

During the race Song Light was keen early on so we had to give up a couple of places to get him to relax. Racing is all about relaxing, breathing and getting into a rhythm. He jumped foot perfect the whole way around and coming down the hill towards 3 out song light and I had worked our way up into a good position still travelling well. Coming down to the 2nd last with everything to play for, I just need a good jump here, there it is and up the horse comes, flies over the hurdle and lands running, right onto the heels of the leaders. We turn in to face the famous Cheltenham hill, 1 flight left to jump, sat in 5th position. “I hope we’ve saved enough energy here to get up this hill!” We jump the last well and away we gallop, pass one horse, rallying up the hill upsides another horse, Song lights ears come flat back, he’s battling for me. We pass that horse, the line is coming, we’re closing on the second horse, but the line comes just too soon.

We finish a very respectable 3rd at 25/1 and all connections are pleased. What a great day without having a winner. Fantastic for my new sponsor Dean to be getting his name out and about so much. I hope he caught the replay on Channel 4! Must be the first time he had seen his name on prime time national telly! Fingers crossed the next one is a winner!

-Kevin Jones