Tom Scudamore thinks Amigo can be a punters pal
Once Cheltenham’s over it is quite a strange time. But you just carry on with it. That’s all you can do, and when you’re up and racing it’s just back to normal. And of course you have Aintree to look forward to and things like that. It’s been a really good season so far and now it’s just a case of keeping the momentum going. It’s nice to have a couple of little targets to go for. It certainly makes life a lot easier when things are going well.
The jump season ends at Sandown on Bet365 Gold Cup Day and at least now we have three days off. The new season used to start the very next day. Last year after Sandown, me and Lottie went to London and had a really good night out, a bit of a blow out, and it was nice. We’ll do something similar again this year, have a blow-out on the Saturday night, but then I’ll probably be at Punchestown on the Monday and it all starts again. That’s just the way it is. As long as I don’t have to do light on the Monday, I’ll be able to let my hair down and watch a show or something like that. Last year we saw Les Miserables and had a lovely evening. It’s just nice to relax for the night and look forward to the future.
I’ve been asked if it will feel any different starting out on a new season with no Tony McCoy around, and the honest answer is that I don’t know as since I became a jockey I’ve never experienced that situation. I don’t think it will be any more or less exciting than normal the only difference is that there’ll be a realistic chance of being champion jockey at the end of it. But I’m always excited at the start of the season. It will be great to start off a new season after the season we’ve had but it’s also a case of building on the success. Michael had a great week last week. He won the Grand Annual and all the horses ran well this week, and it’s a case of building on that success as we go forward. David has had a brilliant season. He’s trained more winners than anyone else and you’d like to think there’s plenty more to come with new investment and nice new horses coming through. You’ve just got to keep on building on it.
More immediately I ride Twentytwos Taken in the 2.30pm at Newbury today. I think that the race and the trip and the galloping track will all suit her. The big unknown is the ground. It was Good to Soft yesterday and it will be quick today as it is really drying out quickly. I think there could be plenty of non-runners at Newbury. It could be bookie favouring conditions as horses that have been running on soft ground all winter are suddenly encountering ground that’s a lot faster. That said I’ve always thought Twentytwos Taken would like faster ground. I’d like to think she’ll act on it and she may even thrive on it but you never really know until you race on it. She’s quite enthusiastic. She can be a bit keen and buzzy but she’s settling a bit better now. Last time in admittedly not a strong field at Exeter she just blew them away. It’s always a very competitive race this but she’s got as good a chance as anything.
Somebody asked me yesterday about my mount in the 3.10pm, Amigo, and I said that I was hoping he’d roll back the years. I then realised he’s still only eight. It does seem like he’s been around a long time. Having said that it is two years since I last rode him. He’s a bit like Swing Bowler in that every time he runs I’m either riding somewhere else or on something else in the race. The last time I rode him I actually won on him up at the Coral Scottish National meeting. He bounced off the good ground that day. The drying out ground will definitely suit him and I can see him running a big race.
Classical Art runs for David in the 3.45pm. He’s a long way out of the handicap but I think the ground will make a big difference. He’s been getting stuck in the mud all winter. It’s a shame I can’t ride him but he’s so far out of the handicap they have to claim off him so Kieron Edgar rides.