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Luke is a talented and well-known flat jockey who studied at the British Riding School and rode his first winner in November 2005. The nephew of former rider Jason Tate has built up a broad client base which has seen him branded Britain's busiest jockey. He retained his All-Weather Champion Jockey title at Finals Day and will continue to guide you through the fixtures each week for the rest of the season.

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Luke Morris is looking forward to riding an improving horse at Wolves this weekend

There has been a bit of a shuffle with the jockeys at my boss Sir Mark Prescott’s this week with Ryan Powell stepping up to be second jockey and I’m really pleased for him.

Chris Catlin had been second jockey last year with Ryan behind him, but Ryan has worked for Sir Mark for a long time before so he knows the system very well. He’s been riding work for Sir Mark for the last couple of years as well which has helped him hone his skills.

Horse Racing - Derby Trial Raceday - Lingfield Park Racecourse

Through the winter he has ridden well and had some good winners so it’s a natural progression for him in his career to be second rider, which is great. He’s sure to be a valuable member of the team and when the racing gets really busy in the summer there’ll be plenty of opportunities for him to ride winners. Hopefully it can be a successful year for all of us on the course.

As for this Saturday, I’m at Wolverhampton and there is some excellent racing to look forward to:

1.40 Wolverhampton – Noverre To Go
I rode him the other night and he needed the run, so he’ll have come on leaps and bounds fitness-wise at the very least. It’s a weak race to start things off with and I think he’d have an each-way chance. He’s an old boy now and needs things to go in his favour a little.

2.15 Wolverhampton – Bold Prediction
Everything went perfect for him when he won at Lingfield the last day. He’s a really tough, honest horse and you know he’ll give it his all. We’re in stall ten in a good race, so whether he’ll be able to get out and get an easy lead like he has done in his last few races is uncertain. You’ve only got a short distance to race before you meet the turn at Wolverhampton so we’ll try go forward with him and see what position we can take up, hopefully we’ll get to the lead or be close to it anyway. He’ll need to step up on what he has done so far but he will certainly be trying as hard as he can.

3.25 Wolverhampton – All The Winds
He’s dropped back down to a competitive mark and he’s at his best trip, which is a mile and three quarters around Wolverhampton. He does like it at Wolves and I think he’s got a strong each-way chance in the race because of that. He’s tough and enjoys his racing as well.

4.00 Wolverhampton – Pensax Lad
Wolverhampton Races

He’s a progressive horse, but we’ve got a really tricky draw in 12 for this race. It’s a competitive race and he’ll need a career best to take this, although I think he is on the upgrade overall. He’s done a lot of his winning at five furlongs but six furlongs might be to his advantage in this as from our draw we’ll have to tuck in and hope for a bit of luck, and we’ll just have that extra bit of time to get into the race.

4.35 Wolverhampton – Rocket Power
He’d be my strongest ride of the day. He showed a really good attitude to win last time at Southwell and he’s an improving horse. His opening mark of 78 is hefty enough but at the same time he’s the sort of horse that come the summer I think he’ll be rated higher than that mark. He ran well on his debut at Wolverhampton and improved for that race when winning at Southwell and I think he’s come on again.

5.10 Wolverhampton – Ms Gillard
I rode her last time and she ran really well not to be beaten too far in a maiden at Chelmsford. This is not the strongest maiden in the world and hopefully she’s got a decent chance of being involved at the finish.

The only race I’m not riding in is the Listed Lady Wulfruna Stakes (2.50) and I think Sovereign Debt is the horse to beat in this. He was very unlucky not to win on All-Weather Finals day last year and he’s here to try and book his place there this time around. He was a Group 3 winner last year and I’ve seen that he’s been for a couple of gallops at Southwell to sharpen him up so he’ll be well on song for this.

Cheers,
Luke

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