MONDAY – ROBERT COWELL
I don’t usually ride out on a Monday but this week, Robert Cowell rang me and asked me to go and meet him at the golf course where I jumped on a two-year-old. We galloped four two year-olds together with Luke Morris and two of Robert’s lads. His horses seem forward and ready to go so I’d say he’d be one to keep an eye on when racing resumes. He is obviously very well known for his handling of sprinters and has won four Group 1 Sprints in his career to date.
Robert Cowell is an excellent trainer particularly of sprinters.
TUESDAY – JAMES FANSHAWE
I tend to ride out at James’ on Tuesdays which I love doing. It’s such a friendly and fun yard to ride out at. I sat on a filly who is a daughter of Seal Of Approval, who won a couple of races for me as well as winning the Fillies and Mares race on QIPCO British Champions Day for James back in 2013. This two-year-old is a lovely filly and seems very similar to her mum in that she might take a bit more time to come to hand but she should have a nice future over middle distances.
James Fanshawe’s Pegasus Stables in Newmarket
WEDNESDAY – GEORGE SCOTT / MICHAEL BELL
George has been doing a few gallops and has got a fair few of his ready for the season when it gets underway. The filly I rode is called Moll Davis. I bolted up on her last season at Doncaster after being really unlucky at Glorious Goodwood. She’s done really well over the winter and is showing all the right signs and will be ready to go. George has got some really nice horses and I think he’ll have a good season.
Hayley believes George Scott is a young trainer to follow
THURSDAY – JAMES FERGUSON
I actually went into James Ferguson’s yard for the first time on Thursday morning. He only started training at the back-end of last season. He’s got a lovely yard, it’s actually Willie Musson’s old yard and he’s got a really nice group of staff there. I galloped 2 two-year-olds for him and that was alongside Kieren Fallon so he’s got some good help there. They seem like forward two-year-olds.
James Ferguson is one of the newest trainers in Newmarket
He’s also been taking the singing world by storm in the Racing Welfare’s Furlong Factor competition which I’ve been enjoying. He’s made the final and has got a really good voice!
FRIDAY – CHARLIE FELLOWES
Another yard I always enjoy riding out at is Charlie’s yard who is now based at Luca Cumani’s beautiful old yard. I rode out a filly called Onassis who I love. I won on her towards the back-end of last season and Charlie thinks she has a similar profile to Thanks Be who, of course, won the Sandringham at Royal Ascot last season. She has a similar rating and would carry a similar weight as her if the meeting does go ahead – many horses will be hard pushed to get a mark before Ascot so fingers crossed Ascot does go ahead!
Royal Ascot repeat for Charlie and Hayley?
SATURDAY – JAMES FANSHAWE / DAVID SIMCOCK / MICHAEL BELL / CHARLIE FELLOWES
This was a busy morning last week! I rode one up the Limekilns gallop for James Fanshawe. I then drove to the other side of town to ride out one for David Simcock up the summer gallop. I then went to Michael Bell’s yard where I do most of my riding out. A horse the team there have done a fantastic job with is House Edge – he looked a good prospect a couple of seasons ago but he’s been off the track since then but he’s come back into himself. I then went up to gallop one for Charlie Fellowes before finally returning to Mike’s to ride one more out!