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Hoping to shine again in the land of the rising sun

7 Nov 2019

The dust has settled a bit on a brilliant season, and  I was delighted to be crowned Champion Jockey for 2018/19 but I haven’t given it too much thought or reflection. I will just try to keep doing well and keep riding winners – that’s what is important, to keep looking forward.

I was over the moon with Kameko in the rescheduled Vertem Futurity Trophy last Friday. He’s improved with each run in his short career. He was so dominant at Newcastle, it was a real thrill to be on board. He travelled so smoothly and was always in control of the race. He’s obviously got a very bright future; hopefully he’ll stay 10 furlongs in time.

This Saturday I’ve got 11 rides in Japan. In the Group 2 I ride Succession who is currently unbeaten in two starts. I’ve sat on the horse and he’s working really well. This is a big step up in class but i imagine I’ll be one of the favourites and I hope to go close.

My first ride in Japan is in a seven furlong maiden on the dirt, which will be a fresh challenge for me as a rider.  The horse, Naomi Raffine, will likely be favourite and we’re very hopeful he’ll win it.

I ride Uranus Charm on Sunday in a Group 1 who I’ve already ridden and won on once before.  She was a bit disappointing last time but she was unlucky in running and I hope she’ll go well. This is a big step up in class, though.

In the 10th race on Sunday, I’m aboard Spiral Drive who was my last ride in Japan last year, and a winning one at that. I ride him again in an 1800m turf open race – he looks to have a good chance as well.

In the 3rd race on Sunday I ride Paris Daisy; she’s by Epiphaneia who won a Japan Cup, so she’s bred in the purple, as they say. She runs in the Sunday Racing colours who were very lucky for me last year. Hopefully she’ll break her maiden.

Race 9 on Sunday I ride Cosmic Energy for Katsumi Yoshida who has invested heavily in British broodmares.This horse should have a good chance as well.