Daryl Jacob: Platinum up for Gold
Leading jockey Daryl Jacob looks forward to a big weekend including "a great chance" in Saturday's Cheltenham Feature.
Sizing Platinum in action at Galway
Things continue to go well and I had three nice winners during the week, headlined by Sceau Royal in the Stan James Elite Hurdle at Wincanton.
I was very happy, especially as the ground was quicker than would be ideal for him. It was a nice pot to win and he did it nicely in his first step into open company. It's onwards and upwards now and there's an awful lot to look forward to.
The same comment applies to Khezerabad who won at Sandown on Sunday. He loved the ground, jumped well and ran on strongly up the hill. He's going the right way.
Messire Des Obeaux was impressive at Bangor on Wednesday on his first start for us. His form ties in with another horse of Simon and Isaac's in Fixe Le Kap and I hope both have exciting futures. Certainly this fellow couldn't have done any more than he did and is going to make a lovely three mile chaser further down the line.
I only have one ride at Cheltenham on Friday but it's an exciting one with Wholestone in the Neptune Investment Management Hyde Novices' Hurdle. It's a competitive race with plenty of nice horses in it but my lad is improving all the time and I think he's still on the upgrade.
He'll need to be as he's 3lb worse off with West Approach who we beat half-a-length the last day here but I'm sure he's going to run well.
I've picked up a lovely spare ride in Saturday's BetVictor Gold Cup aboard Sizing Platinum for Colin Tizzard. He was second to Fox Norton at the last Cheltenham meeting and that form looks very strong. I rode Croco Bay in that race and they went a really good gallop from start to finish.
The winner looked very good but Sizing Platinum ran a really nice race and I think he's got a great chance on Saturday. I like the fact he has proven course form.
There's rain forecast on Saturday which is good news for Shotgun Paddy in the BetVictor Handicap Chase, the softer the ground the better for him. I had a nice ride from him in the race last year when we finished fifth and he just needed it that day.
We couldn't be happier with him at home this time, he seems in really good form and the old spark is back. I'm hoping for a very big run.
Fortunate George, my ride in the Martin & Co Jewellers Intermediate Handicap Hurdle, is a lovely horse. He has been a bit of a baby but has knuckled down and won nicely on his final start last term at Wincanton.
This is a very competitive race for his reappearance but this is a horse we think a lot of and he's going to improve and improve as the year goes on.
I've picked up another nice spare with Ms Parfois in the closing High Sheriff Of Gloucestershire's Mares' Standard Open NH Flat Race. I've ridden a few winners for her trainer Anthony Honeyball in the past and he does very well with his horses. She won her only start under rules at Uttoxeter and I'm looking forward to riding her.
I'm over in France on Sunday to partner Footpad in a Grade One at Auteuil for Willie Mullins. Ruby Walsh is required elsewhere and this is a great ride to have. I think she has a massive chance and it's very exciting.
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