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George Gorman Weekly Blog

I’ll start with an apology for the 2 week gap between blogs, I have no excuse other than being very busy, which is never a bad thing in this game!

The first thing to mention is obviously Sire De Grugy’s clear cut win in the Tingle Creek giving Gary his first Grade 1 winner and Jamie his second. It’s been said again and again but no one works harder than the Moore’s and if hours of tireless graft could buy Grade Ones, Gary would be champion trainer. No question. It will be interesting to see where he goes next, a couple of Irish engagements could be on the horizon as big 2 mile races are scarce away from Cheltenham.

As for the action this weekend there were two performances that really made me take notice. King’s Palace absolutely demolished a decent field in the Albert Bartlett trial at Cheltenham on Saturday. He showed a great, focused attitude to make all the running, he was foot perfect all the way round and will surely make up into a serious contender for the real thing in March.

At a lower key setting was Red Sherlock’s romp in a Southwell maiden hurdle on Sunday. The half brother to Swing Bowler came into this unbeaten in 3 very good bumpers and there was never a moment of doubt that he would continue his winning sequence. He had to be clever at a few of his hurdles and he proved more than up to the task, shortening or coming up at the right times, all the while travelling very, very easily before drawing away from the field. He’ll surely take on some better horses next time where we’ll really get to see him lay down his Cheltenham credentials but for now he is very definitely one to follow.

My rides since my last blog have been running ok, Just Beware, who had been looking like being out of love with racing, ran a decent race to finish 7th after a troubled run. I’m riding her again on Monday at Plumpton carrying 4 pounds less and again you’d like to think she could run a good race at her favourite track. Zhukov again needed his second run back from a 15 month layoff and may now need further than 2 mile 4 as he gets older. Galiotto continues to drop down the weights, he’s a very tricky ride and he also runs at Plumpton on Monday, hopefully the change of code will sweeten him up a bit.

George Gorman – Weekly Blog

Well it’s been a great week for the Cisswood team this week with Josh Moore riding 4 winners in three days, Jamie riding winners 3 days in a row, including a valuable novice hurdle at Ascot on Saturday, and Ryan rounding off the week with winning the Japan Cup! Despite this The Game Is A Foot was our only winner this week and he’ll hopefully put his subsequent fall behind him over further in the near future.

Away from the Moore stables Ascot’s Saturday meeting will prove to be very important in terms of Cheltenham pointers. Al Ferof was incredibly impressive despite beating only one rival. French Opera is a great yard stick of a horse despite being just below top class and the way Al Ferof had him at it so far from home really smacks of a classy horse. Everything that could have been against him on Saturday was, he’d been off for over a year, had to make his own running and was running over a sharper trip than ideal, yet he still dominated a very good horse and his jumping still held up. He’ll be a massive player come the King George and if he stays we know he loves Cheltenham so he may be hard to beat.

Additionally there was not a second of doubt over the result of the Coral Hurdle, there’s not a lot you can say about Annie Power, she’s beaten a strong Champion/World Hurdle contender with contempt and will be very hard to beat wherever she turns up this season.

For me the Betfair Chase is a great opportunity for speed horses to shine in the 3 mile division but class has seen a few speedy Gold Cup horses able to win anyway. This was borne out in Saturday’s result with 2 speed horse filling the first and second positions and the real staying chaser types in a pile behind them. Whilst this may have significance for the King George, 3 mile 2 1/2 furlongs around Cheltenham is a very different ask and I wouldn’t be too disheartened if your Gold Cup fancy finished down the field at Haydock.

As for my ride this week they went no gallop which ended my race very early as Auld Sthock is an out and out stayer but will put the brakes on if you try to make the running on him. This meant I had to sit in behind and suffer, knowing I would more than likely get done for a turn of foot, which is what transpired. He’s by no means a horse to give up on.

Away from the racecourse I’ve been able to school a nice Flemensfirth 5 year old for Bob Lancaster who will be running in point to points before the new year, he’s schooled brilliantly and will be an exciting horse for this season. However in terms of rides this week I may be in action at Lingfield on Tuesday on Zhukov for Kevin Tork, he’s coming back from injury but he’s sure to be fit, the trip isn’t ideal but he’ll give his all as usual and he’s off a decent mark so if the ground didn’t come up too heavy he might sneak into a place.

Also the pointing season starts on Sunday!!!!! I’m at my favourite track Cottenham on the opening day of the season, where I have a 60% strike rate. It’s early days so I just have the one ride this week on Top Choice in the restricted for young trainer Holly Chandler. He’s also coming back from injury but I know him well from his days in David Phelan’s care where he won his maiden. He’s fit and ready to go, he’ll need to have strengthened up to win a restricted but he may well have done so we’ll just have to wait and see.

A little footnote to my blog this week is simply how much I love this job. On Sunday I worked from 6:55 to 12:30 and 3:30 to 6:00, riding 5 horses for 3 different trainers. All that is actually demanded of me under my work contract is 7:30-10:00 and 4:00-6:00, so basically what I’m saying is when it’s 12:30 and everyone else in the yard left 2 1/2 hours ago yet you’re still loving every second of it, you know you’re in the right job!!