Irish Grand National-winning jockey Robbie Power says that horse racing’s updated Non-Trier rule means that jockeys will be riding for punters and stewards rather than horses and their connections, and admits that riders will have to be harder than they would like and risk the futures of young horses, to avoid falling foul of the regulation.
Last time out, Jack Slade served notice his turn was not far away, and the first division of the Martinstown Opportunity Handicap Hurdle on this evening’s eight-race programme at Bellewstown could hardly offer a better opportunity for Noel Meade’s gelding.
Amongst those in attendance at yesterday morning’s launch of the 2016 flat season at the Curragh were the legendary figures of Jim Bolger, Dermot Weld and Johnny Murtagh who, true to form, entertained as they spoke of past, present and future, often throwing and receiving good-humoured jibes.
Apprentice Denis Linehan registered his eighth career success, and his first of 2016, when bringing More Than Munny with a storming late challenge to collar odds-on favourite Go Kart in the featured Irishinjuredjockeys.com Race in Dundalk last night.
It has always been about winning for Tony McCoy and even in the name of charity the 20-times champion National Hunt jockey made a triumphant one-off return to the saddle on Gannicus for the Clipper Logistics Leger Legends Race at Doncaster yesterday.