PAUL MULRENNAN IN PER­SON

Top jockey with his Cam­bridgeshire and Mid­dle Park picks

The Racing Paper - - Front Page - PAUL MULRENNAN

New­mar­ket stages one of its big meet­ings of the year and Kyn­ren would be my choice to win the Bet365 Cam­bridgeshire.

There will be plenty of pace on, which will suit David Bar­ron’s horse, as will the trip, and the book­ing of Wil­liam Buick is an eye-catch­ing one.

Kyn­ren has been in crack­ing form this sea­son, com­ing up just short in the John Smith’s Cup and at the Ebor meet­ing and he can get a de­served big suc­cess.

Emaraaty Ana would be my choice in the Jud­dmonte Mid­dle Park. He im­pressed me greatly in the Gim­crack at York and you can see why his new owner, Sheikh Mo­hammed Obaid, swooped for him.

As for the Cheve­ley Park, Sig­nora Ca­bello was only beaten three-quar­ters of a length by Pretty Pollyana and was clear of the rest in France last time and I think she looks the value op­tion of those two fil­lies, who could eas­ily bat­tle out the fin­ish again.

Both Holmswood and Archi’s Af­faire were taken out of their en­gage­ments at Ayr last week due the ground but I’d be keen on their chances at Haydock.

Holmswood has been knock­ing on the door all sea­son and will go well in the Smar­kets Hand­i­cap, while Archi’s Af­faire is a horse we’ve al­ways liked and doesn’t have many miles on the clock. He runs in the Bet On The Premier League with Smar­kets Hand­i­cap.

It’s been two and half months since I broke my back and, while my re­hab has gone well, I am not go­ing to make it back for the end of the Flat turf sea­son.

I want to en­sure I’m fully recharged both phys­i­cally and men­tally and 100 per cent fight­ing fit.

I have been spend­ing most days in Jack Berry House in Malton, and go­ing through a range of pro­grammes, such as strength con­di­tion­ing, pi­lates, gym-work and so on. The fa­cil­i­ties and staff there are sec­ond to none and I’m grate­ful it’s not too far from where I live near York.

It’s fan­tas­tic that Sir Peter O’Sull­e­van House will be open­ing in New­mar­ket, given the num­ber of jock­eys based there. Un­for­tu­nately, in­juries, many are se­ri­ous, are part and par­cel of be­ing a jockey so to have these re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion cen­tres are a great source of sup­port.

I have spo­ken to a cou­ple of train­ers, who said they can keep me busy dur­ing the all­weather and I rode a fair few win­ners in Jan­u­ary, so will aim to come back then.

I wanted to pay trib­ute to Richard John­son, who rode his 3,500th win­ner at War­wick, fol­lowed by a five-timer at Perth. The guy is on fire – and to think peo­ple were talk­ing about Harry Skel­ton mak­ing it dif­fi­cult for him this sea­son. Well, Richard’s al­most caught up and only in­jury can stop him mak­ing it four ti­tles in a row.

Richard is the man ev­ery as­pir­ing jockey should model them­selves on. Richard had to live in AP McCoy’s shadow for 20 years and de­spite the frus­tra­tions of fin­ish­ing sec­ond all those years, he never gave up and now is reap­ing the re­wards. You just need to keep hon­est and men­tally and phys­i­cally sound. Age is just a num­ber.

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