Top Jump jockey speaks from the horse’s mouth

The Racing Paper - - Front Page - AI­DAN COLE­MAN

I’m hop­ing we get some rain soon as it would have been a busy week­end for me had the ground not been on the quick side. My only ride to­day is Smack­wa­ter Jack in the novices’ hur­dle over two miles at Wetherby (12.55).

I rode a piece of work on him this week at Olly Mur­phy’s and he was in good form. He was beaten only a nose on his sole start in a bumper last sea­son and has schooled well. He won’t be far away if he doesn’t find the ground too quick.

I also have one ride at Carlisle to­mor­row – As­pen Colorado in the 2m4f hand­i­cap hur­dle (3.10).

He was a sur­prise win­ner at the track last month when they went very fast. He was out­paced for a long way be­fore he stayed on when the pace set­ters were stop­ping in front, so it worked out in his favour.

He will again need things to drop right for him but if there’s a good gal­lop he will have a chance. It’s a long way to go for sin­gle ride but, if I am re­quired, then I don’t mind trav­el­ling and do so reg­u­larly.

I will prob­a­bly drive up with a few other jock­eys from down south.

Definitly in with a chance: Quick ground is prov­ing a hin­der­ance to plenty of train­ers and it’s a shame that nei­ther Thistlecrack or Bris­tol De Mai run in the bet365 Char­lie Hall Chase at Wetherby on Satur­day.

De­spite there be­ing only five run­ners, it still looks a com­pet- itive race. Tom Ge­orge is in fly­ing form and Dou­ble Shuf­fle’s sec­ond in the King Ge­orge at Kemp­ton on Box­ing Day is the strong­est piece of form on of­fer. He should go close, but I would be on Definitly Red. He’s a very good horse and fin­ished third in the race last year.

Pais­ley Park impresses:

I was im­pressed with Pais­ley Park, who I won on at Ain­tree last Sun­day. He jumped well and to win a hand­i­cap off a rat­ing of 140, on his sea­sonal de­but, was im­pres­sive.

I’m not sure where he goes next, but I think the Bet­fair Ex­change Hand­i­cap Hur­dle at Hay­dock on Novem­ber 24 would be an ideal race for him.

He is one to fol­low this sea­son, wher­ever he goes, and will even­tu­ally be an ex­cit­ing chaser.

Breed­ers’ Cup:

I will have to be up early on Sun­day for the trip to Carlisle but thank­fully the Breed­ers’ Cup isn’t on too late, so I’ll be watch­ing it on Satur­day night.

There are plenty of Bri­tish chal­lengers and I’m es­pe­cially look­ing for­ward to see­ing Roar­ing Lion and En­able run.

It would be great to see them win but I think they are up against it. Roar­ing Lion has had a long sea­son, and this will be a dif­fer­ent test for him and En­able.

Course walk at Chel­tenham: I’m look­ing for­ward to Chel­tenham’s Novem­ber meet­ing in a cou­ple of weeks.

Rac­ing UK are giv­ing away tick­ets plus the chance to join me on a course walk be­fore rac­ing on the Fri­day.

The clos­ing date is on Mon­day so don’t for­get to en­ter www.racin­­pe­ti­tion/aid­an­course­walk

Ai­dan is spon­sored by Rac­ing UK, which is of­fer­ing a onemonth free trial to the lead­ing horserac­ing chan­nel – but hurry as we only have 3,000 to give away on a first-come-first-served ba­sis.Please visit: www.racin­­trial

Likes a gal­lop: As­pen Colorado stays well

Fly­ing form: Tom Ge­orge

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