Hot Streak looks a million dollars!
21 May 2015
A year ago this week, I had the biggest day in my racing career. I am hopeful that Hot Streak can do it all again this weekend.
It’s difficult to put into words really what winning the Temple Stakes last year meant for my career. I am still incredibly grateful to Sheikh Fahad, David Redvers and Kevin Ryan for giving me the opportunity, especially as an apprentice, and I’m looking forward to riding him again at Haydock on Saturday.
Everything about Hot Streak looks fantastic. He has so much gate speed and has strengthened up so much since last year that you would expect him to improve as the season progresses. He looks a million dollars!
With regards to his preparations, it’s a case of so far, so good. He made his seasonal reappearance at Longchamp earlier this month in the Group 3 Prix De Saint-Georges, where he ran a decent race to finish third behind a very highly-rated sprinter in Meccas Angel. You’d expect that he will be fitter and stronger for that performance.
He takes on the likes of the Group 1-winning G Force, who gives us 4 lbs, and Pearl Bloodstock Palace House Stakes champion Goldream in the Temple Stakes, but I think Hot Streak will take some beating. Kevin (Ryan) will have him in great condition.
As for the new jockeys’ championship, I’m happy with the way I’ve begun.
I’ve had eight winners from 35 rides with a good strike rate of nearly 23%. It’s been a very good start to the 2015 season, but I know I need to keep it up.
As a jockey you go in and out of fashion throughout the season, so you need to stay grounded. Trainers tend to go for the jockeys that are riding lots of winners because they are full of confidence and ride horses positively. It’s a bit like football in that respect. Things can change rapidly throughout the season. Let’s just hope I can attempt to emulate what my team did this season. I support Chelsea, by the way!
HORSE TO FOLLOW: Rocket Punch
Why have I chosen this horse? Simply, because I think it will win! If he can translate what he is doing at home to the racecourse, he should run a very good race. He will be making his debut tomorrow evening at Haydock, where the ground should be to his liking. He’s by Makfi, a sire whose progeny are firing in winners left, right and centre at the minute. I am hopeful he’s good enough to win.