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You know you’ve got a good chance when you see your name against a Colin Tiz­zard horse in a big Satur­day race.

I’m on Siz­ing Codelco in the McCoy Con­trac­tors Civil En­gi­neer­ing Clas­sic Hand­i­cap Chase at War­wick and we look to have as good a chance as any in the race.

Colin has en­joyed a fan­tas­tic Christ­mas and New Year, with his horses win­ning or be­ing placed in many of the top races, and hope­fully that run can con­tinue in what is tra­di­tion­ally one of the big stay­ing chases of the year.

The three-mile-five-fur­long marathon is usu­ally a real slog as it’s nor­mally run on very test­ing ground, but we’re fac­ing good go­ing here and it might not be as fiercely com­pet­i­tive as it usu­ally is.

That said it will take some win­ning and, with Siz­ing Codelco, I am on a horse who is proven over the longer trips and also has that touch of class. After all, he was fourth, not beaten far by Might Bite in the Bet­way Bowl at Ain­tree in April. He was sec­ond on good ground in a valu­able hand­i­cap at Ut­tox­eter on his last start and looks to have all the nec­es­sary at­tributes for this.

The Bal­ly­more Leam­ing­ton Novices' Hur­dle looks like be­ing a stronger re­newal than nor­mal so I’m un­der no il­lu­sions as to how dif­fi­cult it will be to win.

Fi­nawn Bawn is a re­ally nice horse who won very nicely at Ban­gor last time. I won on him on his de­but in a bumper, and he looks to have pro­gressed with his two runs since.

The two-mile-five-fur­long trip will be ideal, as will the ground, but all his six ri­vals look to be in with a chance.

Bright New Dawn has his first run for Olly Mur­phy in the rac­ingtv.com Ed­ward Courage Cup Hand­i­cap Chase.

I have rid­den him be­fore and he is not the most straight­for­ward of horses and is not get­ting any younger ei­ther, given he’s 12. But he does have some good form in the book and if he be­haves him­self on his first run for new con­nec­tions, this could well be the best time to catch him.

Blak­lion’s par­tic­i­pa­tion in the Pertemps Net­work Hand­i­cap Hur­dle has pushed Per­fect Man to a cou­ple of pounds out of the hand­i­cap, but the light weight could bring out the best in him, and the trip and track will suit so I wouldn’t rule him out ei­ther.

My fi­nal ride is on Pour Joie in the Rac­ing TV Free For A Month ‘New­com­ers’ Stan­dard Open Na­tional Hunt Flat Race. It’s his first run so I don’t know any­thing about him, but the fact that Ian Wil­liams is his trainer is good enough for me.

This week, I was de­lighted to win the Sto­bart Jockey of the Month award. I’d never been nom­i­nated be­fore so to ac­tu­ally win it shows I must have been do­ing some­thing right.

The win­ners have been flow­ing nicely and the high­light was ob­vi­ously Pais­ley Park’s win at As­cot, my first Grade 1 win. He looks Bri­tain’s big hope for the Sun Rac­ing Stay­ers’ Hur­dle and fin­gers crossed it all goes well in the lead-up.

Fi­nally, I might not have been on top but I was de­lighted to see Hou­blon Des Obeaux win the Veter­ans Fi­nal at Sandown last week­end – the cul­mi­na­tion of what is a bril­liant se­ries.

I’ve rid­den Hou­blon 31 times, win­ning seven times and over a quar­ter of a mil­lion in prize­money on him. He’s given me all those rid­ing fees as well! Above all, he’s such a will­ing horse and al­ways tries his best, so it’s no won­der he’s been a favourite of mine over the years.

Tiz­zard horse: Siz­ing Codelco

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