I've had some funny dreams recently. The best one happened a few weeks ago, when I rode Chief Dan George in the Grand National. We flew round the course and finished second - which was a pretty good training performance by Jimmy Moffat, especially when you consider that the horse has been in retirement for the past five years and was carrying 12 st 7lb (okay, 13st 7lb), no saddle and a jockey wearing stripy pyjamas.
To tell you the
truth, I was a bit disappointed when I woke, because it would have been nice to
have won the race for Jimmy, but I dare say he'll have plenty of opportunities
during the next week. Having run away with the award for the top trainer at
Cartmel last season, Jimmy is raring to go again and has a hat full of entries
for the races on Saturday, Bank Holiday Monday and Wednesday.
Unlike my dream,
the weekly tips have become a bit of a nightmare recently. I shouldn't really
burden any of the Pit Farm team with my selection, but I'm going to anyway -
because I had another interesting dream last night.
I was talking to
the horses at Pit Farm Stables which was really strange - because there were
quite a few that I didn't recognise. It turns out that Jimmy bought some at the
sales recently - especially with Cartmel’s Summer season in mind. One of them
asked me about getting some tickets for the Simply Red Raceday on Saturday.
"Who are you I asked?"
That was when
all the horses started singing, "If yoooo don't know me by now, you'll
never never know..."
turned out that the horse I’d been speaking to was called Mondlicht - and
he belongs to a syndicate that was formed by a group of keen Cartmel racegoers
at the end of last season, just after Jimmy had been crowned as our top
trainer. He has a choice of engagements, but I hope he’ll win for his
enthusiastic owners on Saturday.
So, wanting to be helpful I replied, "We've got a few tickets
left, but the advance booking service has now closed, so you'll have to buy
them on the gate. We'll be limiting the number of horses that are allowed in -
so I suggest that you to arrive early, in case we sell out later on in the day.”
Good advice for
everyone – including, with a bit of luck, this week’s selection.