Brendan's Diary: The last to know
Brendan Powell celebrates a significant milestone in his career and some surprise good news from Colin Tizzard.
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Last week was a milestone in my career, and, therefore, one I will remember for many a year when I managed to ride my 100th winner.
That victory came at Bangor on board one of my dad's horses, Glen Countess - so after all the support he's given me it was nice to achieve the feat on one of his inmates - here's to the next 100!
So that puts me on 29 jumps winners this season, and I need just seven more to better last term's tally. The 100 winners are made up of 91 over the sticks, and, despite most UK sites only having me down as having just five Flat winners I did ride four winners over in Germany a few years back so that's how we get to the final ton.
After that there was more good news this week as Colin Tizzard announced in the Racing Post earlier this week that I'd be sharing a lot more rides with Joe at their yard - so whereas I still expect Joe to get the pick it's good news that the boss has the faith in me to ride more for them.
It also came as a total shock as Colin hadn't told me his plans - the first I heard about it was when my dad called me up and asked if I'd seen Colin's interview in the Post.
In terms of winners, there's not been any since that 100th - let's hope I don't get stuck on that figure now!
However, despite no winners I had a second, third and fourth at Cheltenham last Saturday and Masters Hill, who was second to the classy-looking Kings Palace, ran a great race and should be going in before too long.
Looking ahead to this week I'll be at Towcester on Thursday, riding one for Jamie Snowden. The Pipe and Henderson horses look the ones to beat but I know Jamie quite likes Major Milborne and is not without an each-way shout.
The rest of the week is a bit unclear as I could be at Ascot or Haydock on Saturday at this stage - both are big meetings so I'm happy either way. It's then winding down for Christmas with no racing after Sunday until Boxing Day.
Then I'll be hoping to get on something with a light-weight in the Welsh National on the 28th. I know Hey Big Spender, who I won on last time, is entered so that's a possible, but if not I'll be hoping to pick up a spare somewhere.
Off the track there are plenty of Christmas parties to look forward to during the non-racing days - I'm looking forward to Johnny Farrelly's on Sunday/Monday. I'll probably need a few days to get over that!
Have a good Christmas!
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