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    Nathan HughesNathan Hughes
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    Riding Performance

    Paul Townend – Boston Bob, Melling Chase, Aintree
    Frankie Dettori – Olympic Glory, Prix Foret, Longchamp
    Ryan Moore – The Grey Gatsby, Irish Champion, Leoparstown
    Jan Faltejsek – Knockara Beau, Cleeve Hurdle, Cheltenham
    James Doyle – Noble Mission, Champion Stakes, Ascot
    Pat Smullen – Short Squeeze, Clipper Logistics Stakes, York
    Daryl Jacob – Dawalan, Betfred Mobile Handicap Hurdle, Aintree
    Ryan Moore – Master Carpenter, Heron Stakes, Sandown
    Sam Waley-Cohen – Oscar Time, Becher Chase, Aintree
    Richard Johnson – Fingal Bay, Pertemps Final, Cheltenham
    AP McCoy – Mission Complete, Worcester 10/06/14

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    Nathan HughesNathan Hughes
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    I hope you’ve saved your vote up your sleeve Mr Caution for a late rally otherwise Master Carpenter looks in trouble.

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    Bachelors HallBachelors Hall
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    Somebody retracted their Fingal Bay vote :(

    I’m happy to have Moore’s ride on The Grey Gatsby win the overall vote as it was a perfect demonstration of genuine class versus vacuous nepotism. But I would like to have seen Johnson’s ride take the spoils because it truly was something exquisite.

    Just as the "Jockey of the year" award split into two, maybe the same should happen for ride of the year?

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    I’m just happy that I wasn’t the only one who thought the Master Carpenter ride was better than The Grey Gatsby ride.

    These things are very subjective and depend on who saw which rides. Big race rides will always be more likely to have been seen and/or stick in the memory.

    Ryan Moore will out-ride Joseph O’Brien in any given narrow finish and The Grey Gatsby was simply going as fast as he was capable of in the Irish Champion. People love to bash Joseph and if he is as rubbish as some people claim, then what merit is there in being better than a crap jockey who has made a mistake?

    The Master Carpenter ride saw Ryan Moore make a conscious and daring decision to switch his horse to save ground. When he rejoined the field he was only level with the leaders but it was in the closing stages, where the ground was taking it’s toll on stamina, that his clever move in saving ground paid dividends and his horse came right away from the field.

    If the latter ride had happened in The Derby, punters would be talking about it for the rest of their lives and Sir Ryan Moore would be defending his Jockey Title next Spring, whilst beating away millions of fans from his door whom were clamouring to get the autograph of the Sports Personality of the Year, Poet Laureate, Best Actor in a horse related documentary and Great British Bake Off champion of champions.

    The vote for the Grey Gatsby ride is Joey Bashing by Proxy but vengeance is coming for the O’Brien bangers when Ol’ Man River lands a Guineas/Derby double and junior O’Brien jumps off in the Epsom enclosure with middle finger extended whilst declaring:-

    "Now twist on that you dirty feckers"

    Thanks for the good crack. Time for me to move on. Be lucky.

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