Daryl Jacob: Shotgun can fire

Jockey Daryl Jacob reflects on a flurry of recent winners and looks ahead to his three Saturday rides.

Shotgun Paddy: Everything points to big run

The big news story this week is the proposed closure of Kempton Park.

From a personal point of view, it would be a shame if it happens. It’s a lovely track to ride around, you always get nice ground there, and it would be a blow for National Hunt racing to lose it.

However, the weighing room is divided on the issue, as you’ve seen with the views expressed by Ruby Walsh and Tom Scudamore over the last day or so. It’s the same story amongst the training ranks too reading what’s been said by Nicky Henderson, Oliver Sherwood, Nigel Twiston-Davies and Jonjo O’Neill.

We’ll have to see what happens.

Looking back on last week I’ve had a good run of winners.

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It started with Cataraman Du Seuil at Wincanton last Saturday, who won nicely on his first British start for Dr Richard Newland. He’s a nice type and the time was decent on soft ground. He beat a couple of promising horses trained by Paul Nicholls and the front two came miles clear which is always a good sign. He’s a fine prospect.

That comment also applies to the two winners I rode for Nicky Henderson.

I was delighted with Constantine Bay at Chepstow. He improved an awful lot from his previous start and is getting more professional with every run. He’s learning all the time and Nicky has a few options for his next outing.

Stowaway Magic jumped nicely at Doncaster and travelled into the race really well. I liked the way he picked up after two out, you couldn’t have asked for more. He’s going to have to step up now but I’m sure the guv'nor will find the right race for him and he’ll be very competitive wherever he goes.

Calett Mad returned to winning ways at Taunton where the ground would have been quick enough for him. They went very fast up front but came back to me and halfway down the back we were back on the bridle. He’s only a five-year-old and is another on the upgrade. This was a good performance.

I’ve another double-header on Saturday starting with Rock Gone in the Racing UK In Glorious HD Novices' Chase at Wetherby. He’s rated 135 and while there are only four in the field there isn’t much between them according to their marks.

My fellow has some good form to his name and ran better than the distance beaten suggests at Uttoxeter last time. I hope he’s going to go very, very well here.

It’s then down the A1 for two rides at Warwick for Emma Lavelle.

Shotgun Paddy ran well on his reappearance at Cheltenham. He just half lost his rhythm when a loose horse came across him but has shown no ill effects for it. I schooled him on Thursday and he was in really good form. I hope they get plenty of rain, he has a lovely weight with 10st 13lb to carry and everything points to a big run in the Betfred Classic Chase.

I hope it does too for Paisley Park in the closing Betfred TV 'Newcomers' Standard Open NH Flat Race. It’s a race for newcomers so you’ve no idea what’s in against you, but this lad’s work at home is very nice. He seems professional and straightforward and I’d expect a decent run.

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