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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 believes he has some “fair chances” of grabbing a winner or two on Saturday

I’ve already had plenty of rides in 2016 and hopefully I’ll be busy riding and riding winners all the way through the year like I have for the last couple of seasons.

Even though I have a lot of rides I feel it’s important to put the time in to study a race and think about it before I go out to ride whatever my chance may be.

I go into every race whether it’s a seller or whether it’s a Group race exactly the same. I jot down on the paper what every horse in the race is likely to do and I like to go out there with a plan about how the race might be run.

Some races you know it’ll be a strongly-run contest and others they’ll be no pace and you have to be aware of those things before the race so you can make a plan to gain an advantage. I’ll then run that plan through with the trainer and the owner and see how they might want the horse ridden too.

Of course what you plan before a race doesn’t always happen in the race and I think the better jockeys are the ones that can adjust to any situation. If Plan A goes out of the window and Plan B goes out of the window then you have got to go with your instinct and your gut. Ryan Moore is absolutely the best at that and he makes very few mistakes as a result.

I’m lucky in that most of the people I ride for I ride for regularly and they have that trust in me that if I don’t think the race is going to plan I’ll use my initiative to do what’s best for the horse in the race. I’m happy to make those calls and if it’s the wrong decision then it’s my head on the block, but I’d like to think I get it right more often then I get it wrong in that situation.

Hopefully everything will go to plan at Lingfield on Saturday as I think I have some fair chances of grabbing a winner or two.

Ghost Train – 1.40 Lingfield
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I won on him the last time I rode him and he won really well from a good draw in stall one. Being drawn out in stall ten is going to make life difficult for him but I think he’s still got a solid each-way chance. The draw is not ideal though given he likes to be nice and handy. I’ll have to have a look and see how much pace there is in the race. If there’s plenty of pace I’d be inclined to give him a bit of a chance and ride him for a bit of luck and hope they go off hard in front. If there doesn’t look to be so much pace then I’ll try to get him to jump well and take up a good position. It’ll be a case of studying the race and finding the best option.

Tower Power – 2.15 Lingfield
He’s been in really good form since his win last time and this race is not the strongest 0-90 you’ve ever seen. We thought it was worth having a go as he’s in such good form and he’s run well around Lingfield too.

Evidence – 2.50 Lingfield
She ran well on her only start in a nice maiden at Salisbury last year. She gets a good weight allowance as she’s a three-year-old filly and it’s not the strongest race in the world. You’d hope she’d have a reasonable chance in this. Her trainer Harry Dunlop wouldn’t be the sort of trainer to have his horses fully wound up for their first run so you’d like to think there’s improvement in there as a result.

Bear Faced – 4.00 Lingfield
He’d been working well before his first run but then disappointed when he ran. We hoped for better at Chepstow and he ran really well behind a proper horse in Tasleet. This looks a weak maiden and I’d be disappointed if he couldn’t do the job. He’s been drawn out wide in nine which is a bit of a pain but it shouldn’t stop him. He had a few issues after his run at Chepstow and they’ve just given him time to get over that. They’ve been steady away with him and brought him back slowly. This is hopefully the ideal time to pick up a maiden with him.

Cheers,
Luke

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