Hi, I’m George Gorman and welcome to my first blog for OnTheOtherHoof. I’m 18 years old and ride as Gary Moore’s amateur jockey, based in Horsham, West Sussex. To date I’ve had 11 winners in point to points from 50 rides and am still chasing my first winner under rules after 10 rides. At Gary’s I have 3 horses that I look after full time.
The first of these is Cry Fury who was formerly a useful flat horse at up to 1m2f, achieving a rating of 97 in winning at Glorious Goodwood. He has now moved to Gary Moore to possibly go novice hurdling alongside his continued flat career.
I also look after a 3 year old by Dubai Destination named The Green Ogre, having run very green in his first 2 starts last year he finished off with a good 3rd over a mile at Windsor with the winner going on to win again 2 starts later. Whilst this is very exciting I will be looking forward to seeing him take on a hurdle and eventually a fence in the future as he’s a big rangy sort who looks all over a chaser.
Finally there’s an unnamed 4 year old, grey gelding by Fair Mix who his regular rider, apprentice Hector Crouch, and I affectionately call Jeff. He’s a stocky but unfurnished gelding who will fill out over next summer and he’s one of the most relaxed characters I’ve come across around the yard. Only time will tell what he has to offer this season.
Also currently in my care is Knight Of Pleasure, who last season won a smart juvenile hurdle at Sandown on his first racecourse appearance before struggling in hotter events, he made a great start to this years campaign in winning the Class 3 Salmon Spray Handicap Hurdle at Fontwell off 124 despite racing lazily, if the rain keeps coming he could well have another race in him this year.
I thought for my first blog I’d try to outline my average day (If there’s such a thing with horses!) I wake up everyday at 5:15 to be at Gary’s yard by 6:00 where I muck out the four horses I look after. We all then ride 3-4 lots before stopping for 30 minute’s breakfast at 11. I usually use this time to ride work on Point-To-Pointers which are boxed up by my mum or other local Point-To-Point trainers who use the Cisswood gallops. After breakfast all of the lads go back into the yard to groom and muck out their horses which takes until about 1:00 usually at which point we stop for lunch, or in my case ride 1 or 2 more horses for mum at home!
The daily grind continues at 3:30 when evening stables starts and the horses are all mucked out and watered again, as well as sweeping the yard and generally tidying up before we feed the horses, and leave them to sleep at about 6:00. Then I go to the home gym that my dad put together for his own career as a point-to-point jockey for an hour, either on the equisiser or the exercise bike usually although I occasionally box or run instead. Then it’s time to catch up with the day’s racing over a small supper and go to bed, ready to do it all again tomorrow. It’s a busy schedule but not one that I’d change for anything in the world, I love horses and the more riding I can squeeze into the day, the happier I’ll be!!
Onwards with my thoughts on the weeks racing, and what a week it’s been! Be All Man deserves a mention for his gritty win at Lingfield on Tuesday, taking the terrier-like son of Dubawi to 2/3 over fences, it’s always nice when the really genuine horses can get their heads in front.
As for Cheltenham I was disappointed to hear people crabbing Taquin Du Seuil’s novice chase win. Sure they went no gallop but surely that should have played right into the hands of Oscar Whisky who, despite staying at least 2m5f round Cheltenham, has also won a 2 mile jumpers bumper in recent years. I’d argue that Taquin Du Seuil won on class under a great ride, but it’s a game of opinions!
Saturday for me didn’t tell us much apart from Alvarado Is capable of better than he’s previously decided to show and remains well handicapped as a result. The Liquidator established himself as a credible contender for the Supreme and it’ll be interesting to see how he fares against some stronger rivals next time as his only real rivals looked unsuited by the going on Sunday.
Finally there’s Sire De Grugy, although he was obviously disappointing against opponents rated far inferior to him it could be the case that Cheltenham is simply not his track. However in the coming days it’s possible that a physical reason could emerge for his defeat in which case Gary will do his upmost to find and remedy it, the party is far from over yet!
On a personal note I look forward to hopefully having 2 or 3 rides this week, the best of which being Auld Sthock at Plumpton on Monday, it’s his first run in a handicap so lets hope the handicapper’s got it wrong in this competitive, small field event.