Just seen him give Alonso de Guzman a very well-judged ride ( <!– s:D –><!– s:D –> ) at Wolverhampton.
According to my records he had ridden just 15 winners before tonight, the first of them in 2005. He has, however, hit a purple patch lately, with A de G seemingly his ninth winner in less than seven weeks.
It’s hard to believe that he has become an overnight sensation after more than two years of doing little.
He spent most of last season riding Mel’s no hopers (ironically one of those Qaasi has just completed a double of banded wins in the last).
I believe he is now based with Pat Haslam and has had a couple of winners for him as well as Alonso De Guzman and the in form Tartatartufata.
You’re not the only one who has been impressed with him of late. He’s a very useful tool with 7lb on these Derek Shaw horses that McKeown has been riding. Take into account his 7 lb claim and the improvement Tartutartufata has shown of late is probably not as shocking as first seems. Check out his front running ride on Alto Vertigo at the start of the month too.
Has Nabir probably not run as well as it was entitled judged on recent efforts, beaten only by the one horse that wasn’t exposed as being very limited or a dodgepot.
If you are desperate to criticise him, have a look at his ride on Alonso de Guzman at Wolverhampton on the 9th Jan where he probably overdid things trying to compensate for dropping back in trip and set the race up for the winner.