Brendan's Diary: Close but no cigar
It's been another busy week both riding out in the mornings and then at the track in the afternoons, but in terms of my injury, and I hope I'm not putting the mockers on it, everything seems grand.
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I'd even go as far to say that it feels better than it did before the break and within myself I also feel I'm riding with a tad more confidence too - if that's not put the mockers on it I don't know what will!
I had a tumble, actually quite a heavy fall, at Exeter on Tuesday and landed straight on the arm so that was a good test. Having slipped up today on Julie Prince and hitthe deck again then I think it's fair to say I've already given the injury a proper testing and all seems fine. Let's hope it stays that way!
We are starting to see more star names from the world of jumping making their seasonal reappearances so there is plenty to look forward to in the coming months, and with Mr Tizzard, Mr Snowden, and not to forget the old man, giving me plenty of rides then I'm sure the winners will be flowing soon.
I should also thank Johnny Farrelly, who I'm also riding out a lot for at the moment, and who is sticking by me.
So, no winners since a few Sundays ago but a few near misses and one horse I did like was Jamie Snowden's Centoria. I rode this mare to finish third at Fontwell on Wednesday, but the ground was dire that day and in my opinion she probably ran better than she did when winning the time before.
Well, I say winning... she did win but was disqualified for hampering the second - she certainly looks a mare to follow, especially in a mares' only novice hurdle - add her to your My Stable alerts!
Looking ahead in terms of weekend rides and a lot will depend on whether Joe (Tizzard) goes to Aintree to ride Hey Big Spender in the veterans' race - if he does then I'm likely to be heading to Chepstow.
Sticking with 'Spender' I schooled him a few weeks ago and he seems in great order. Yes, he's not getting any younger and this will be his first race back, but he won the Classic Chase at Warwick back in 2012 off a 14lb higher mark so if returning to anything near that will walk this.
Big Spender's owners - Brocade Racing - could also have Theatrical Star in action this weekend as he's engaged in a decent handicap chase there. It will be a nice ride to get, plus he won't mind the ground (likes cut) and seems in good order at home. Being the owners gave me a winner at the Cheltenham Festival last season it would be great to repay their loyalty by booting this one home for them too.
Onto my personal matters, and I know this is what you really like to hear each week! Actually, there is not a great deal to tell as if I'm not riding out, I'm at the track or in a car! However, my hunt for a place to buy is hotting up.
My accountant should have everything in place very soon, so it shouldn't' be long before I finally get my foot on the property ladder (scary stuff). It goes without saying I'll be looking for something near the Tizzards - it's a lovely part of the country and you can actually get a lot for your money from some of the places I've seen - it's exciting stuff. I just need some winners now to help pay for it!
Fingers crossed for a good week and speak soon,
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