It could be an exciting year for Kieren in 2012. In only his second year back from an 18-month suspension, he finished third in the Jockeys’ Championship, rode his highest total in six years and won a Classic.
As stated previously, the idea is not to go for the Championship but if the winners kick in you never know. My criterion is to explore new avenues and there are two new potential exciting match-ups for KF this season.
James Tate is a fledgling trainer in Newmarket and definitly one to note. He is already building a strong yard. Kieren rode Tate’s only winner of the season so far and the young handler has also sent out a couple of seconds.
The other that I hope will result in some decent rides is for Tom Dascombe. Kieren finished second on Brown Panther in the St Leger for Dascombe. He keeps the ride this season.
Richard Kingscote is stable jockey but hopefully Kieren, who rides Kenny Powers for Dascombe at Meydan om Friday, will come in for some useful spares.
I’ve always believed that the Sports Personality Of The Year (named since 1999) is an oxymoron. The likes of winners Nigel Mansell, Damon Hill and Steve Redgrave prove that. Now is the time, surely, it's returned to Sports Achievement Of The Year as it was originally was on its inception in 1954.
The same could be applied to the Flat Jockey of the Year award at the Stobart-sponsored Lesters on April 5. The title should surely read the ’four most popular jockeys’ award.
For Kieren, Ryan Moore and Richard Hughes not to be nominated it can be the only explanation. It’s no wonder Kieren doesn’t attend the ceremony anymore. While in rant mode, how has Johnny Murtagh’s ride on Dancing Rain been overlooked?
There wasn’t a better ride all year, anywhere. Yet, ironically, Murtagh has been listed for his ride on Sweet Lightning in the Lincoln for International Jockey ride of the year. Utterly amazing.
Most professional sportsman these days are well paid but it never ceases to amaze me how they feel the need to hold testimonials or a benefit year.It’s even more baffling that they ‘encourage’ the public to become involved – most of the time a lot of them can’t wait to escape their adoring audience.
I don’t know Matt Prior, the current England wicket-keeper, he may be a wondrous fellow, kind to butterflies and take OAP's on regular seaside outings. But does it entitle the rich and pampered England cricketer to tout for business like a £7 an hour hooker?