If Swan rides and the horse loses then everyone will blame the jockey and not the horse. Maybe the trainer and owners think he may not be good enough to win it this year so are getting their excuses ready. Either that or they are taking an almighty gamble that the horse is so good that he will win with a jockey that isn’t match fit as it were.
Swan was a top hurdles rider but has not ridden competitively for 3 years since his retirement. <br>Surely better to engage a current competitive rider
Charlie Swan may not be riding competitively in racing but i saw him out showjumping and he is still as fit as a fiddle and has lost none of his skills. His partner and himself were in another league to anyone else. He’s still ‘got it’.
As for him riding Brave Inca i think it’s a similar rumour as in the John Francome and Desert Orchid one that did the rounds some years ago. I can’t see it happening but IF it did i wouldn’t be worried about CS not being up to scratch.
Paul Nicholls has never had a problem letting Ruby off one of his to ride for Willie Mullins before – eg Hedgehunter in the 2005 & 2006 Nationals as well as the Gold Cup in 2006 so I can’t see Ruby not riding Brave Inca on the day.