That said, as I am more than 20 winners behind him, I owe it to the owners and myself, to go where there is the best chances of victories, whether those are at home so count in that title race, or from further afield.
So today sees me across the Irish Sea at The Curragh, the home of the Irish Classics – the Darley Irish Oaks being today’s feature.
County Kildare is a happy hunting ground for me having already captured a Group 1 on Urban Fox, there. That day we beat some smart types who are engaged both in Ireland and in the Darley Yorkshire Oaks run nearer to home on Thursday, August 23. I’ll be interested to get a close look at the contenders.
David O’Meara has sent a couple of interesting runners over the Irish Sea for me to ride and both of them can point to winning form at York.
Intisaab knows his way around the Curragh too, having been runner-up there in a strong handicap two seasons ago.
He goes in the 3.45pm. He’s a tough horse, very consistent and takes to travelling – he also won at Doha in February. These sprint handicap fields are always sizeable, but look for a big run.
Seventy minutes later and the Willow Farm yard is double-handed in the Group 2 Minstrel Stakes.
I’ve chosen, So Beloved, as I think I get on with him better than anyone else and he can be a tricky ride.
As well as having York winning form in his locker, he was second in the corresponding race for me 12 months ago. Touch wood, he goes one place better.
In truth, I would find it difficult to separate the two from the O’Meara yard.
Larchmont Lad runs consistently well in group races, though he hasn’t won for a couple of years.
James Doyle is in the saddle this afternoon – let’s hope I picked right!
Fingers crossed, my own run of good form continues today. It’s been a great month, and I’ve averaged a winner a day for the past fortnight when I’ve been riding.
Last time out at York, I had the privilege of riding Pacify for the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, giving them their first winner on the Knavesmire.
As next week unfolds it is the Go Racing in Yorkshire Summer Festival, a celebration of the sport as all the county’s flat tracks race in succession.
It will be back to York for the Music Showcase Weekend featuring Pattern class action including the Group Two Sky Bet York Stakes on Saturday.
Though the national title is perhaps more of a dream, I’d hope to be in the reckoning for the Top Jockey of the Festival prize, due to be presented at Pontefract a week tomorrow.
The next fixtures at York are next Friday evening and Saturday afternoon.
Following the racing, there are concerts with Sir Tom Jones and Boyzone respectively, as part of the Music Showcase Weekend.
The feature races are the Listed British Stallion Studs EBF Lyric Fillies’ Stakes on Friday evening and the Group 2 Sky Bet York Stakes on Saturday.
Find out more at www.yorkracecourse.co.uk.