I’ll be quite honest with you, any other jockey up and I’d be happy not to be looking elsewhere for my Arkle winner.
Harry Skelton was not helped by the fact his horse was very novicey but I’d much rather a jockey more adept at teaching novices to jump in a race, was up.
Barry Geraghty was brilliant at the job and I never once suffered the nerves I suffer watching him teaching one, as I do Harry Skelton.
This horse has a big engine and whichever race he goes for in March (he’s now slightly shorter for the Turners Novices Chase), he’ll be bang there at the end, if he gets round.
Sure, he won very easily….just as a 2/9 shot should win but he took at least two fences home with him and beat a horse rated 22lb inferior only seven lengths.
His trainer said after this race that, “it’s a sigh of relief to get him having a clear round”….but I gave him at least 16 faults and he is going to have to be much better in 14 weeks time, to take home a first prize.