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The Mondialiste Leger Legends Race has been a brilliant initiative and I’m very happy to take part in it. All proceeds go to the Injured Jockeys’ Fund which is racing’s own charity. Luckily I’ve never been a big beneficiary of it but it’s vitally important and I’m always willing to do anything to help.

I’m riding Greek Kodiac for Michael Bell and Middleham Park Racing. I had a quick chat with Michael and he said the horse likes a straight mile and quick ground. He’s won a couple of races this season and the yard are in very good form so I’m hopeful of a decent ride. Even though it’s all about raising money for the IJF, I’ll be going all out to win it.

I’ve been through the stalls a few times in my career but certainly not for a long time. We’ve had a few Flat races for jump jockeys at courses like Goodwood and Sandown which were always fun. I’ve been doing plenty of riding over the past few months, I rode out for Olly Murphy the other day and have been down to Henry Daly’s a few times over the summer. Not at speed, though, so I’ll be holding onto the neck strap coming out of the stalls. I’m also sure I’ll be having a bit of a blow afterwards.

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It’s great to be competing against some of my former colleagues. I’ve ridden against Noel [Fehily] and Barry [Geraghty] a lot over the years and I’m sure they’ll be very keen to do as best as they can. We’re all competitive people and there’s a good mix of jump and Flat jockeys in the line-up. It should be really good fun.

Since retiring in April I’ve actually been really busy. We have a lot of young horses at home so there’s plenty to do with them and generally around the farm. It’s also been lovely to spend some quality time with the family over the summer. I’ve really enjoyed the past few months and am looking forward to Doncaster where it’s all about raising lots of money for the IJF and having fun at the same time. It will probably be the last time you see me in the saddle on the racecourse!


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