A blog from our in-house tipster and racing know it all Martin Higgs
for the week commencing 15th January
Have horse and jockey will travel is the theme this week – sometimes we just don’t appreciate what it is like…
Apologies, but I am going to start by shouting from the rooftops.
Last week I told you how good Waiting Patiently was and he proved this was the case at Kempton last Saturday. He was ridden by Brian Hughes, who is nothing short of a genius in the saddle, and both will continue to prove their excellence over the coming months and, hopefully, years.
Last Saturday yours truly had a gig at Wolverhampton. Martin Dwyer turned up for one ride, just to remind you he won the Derby on Sir Percy in 2006, and promptly bolted up, which was healthy for the pocket. To enforce my point trainer Gay Kellaway left Newmarket to go to Lingfield for a runner and then came to Wolves for another runner, that’s 379 miles Google tells me, and guess what? – the Wolves runner won. His name was Global Empower, and I am reliably informed he is some horse. He will go onto the H on H to follow list, although he runs on the flat.
Sunday morning called for a walk with the ‘Higgs Clan’ and after a refreshment stop at a local hostelry it was home to light the fire and catch that late afternoon racing. Low and behold it was Kelso, if you haven’t ever been then go and make sure you stay in the Ednam House Hotel it does not get any better. Guess what? Brian Hughes, my NBF was riding and Google tells me that is 363 miles away from Kempton, and then Conor O Farell wins, he made the decision to move up North at the start of this season, having spent a considerable amount of time with David Pipe.
As they say nowadays it is a small world, but the people who make our sport so enjoyable may challenge that statement.
PS… also add Getabird on the Horses To Follow list, I put him up to win the Festival Bumper last year and he got injured, whatever he goes for at Festival back him unconditionally, he is very highly regarded.