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Luke Morris: “He’s well handicapped and I could see him going well”

| 17.03.2017

The All Weather Champion Jockey takes us through his rides at Wolverhampton this Saturday

WHAT a brilliant week of racing it’s been at the Cheltenham Festival this week, but what’s been usual compared to the last couple of years is the number of short-priced favourites and well-fancied horses getting turned over.

Douvan being beaten at 2-9 in the Queen Mother Champion Chase was the biggest turn up and it goes to show that any horse on any given day can be beaten.

DOUVAN with R Walsh wins Arkle Chase at Cheltenham 15-3-16.

Douvan’s defeat was one of the shocks of the Festival this week

I’ve ridden plenty of short-priced favourites and before the race you have a view in your mind whether the horse you’re riding is well fancied or not. You then decide how realistic the chance of the horse winning is, as not every favourite or odds-on shot deserves to be the price they are judged on things like their form, the opposition and track conditions.

Then it’s down to how the horse performs on the day and there can be any number of reasons why a horse does not run up to expectations.

After the race it’s about assessing what’s happened before you get back and report to connections with a view to improving next time. As a jockey you generally have a couple of minutes to gather your thoughts and first instincts. I tend to go with my gut when I report back to connections as it tends to be a pretty good guide and hopefully that gives them a helping hand for the future.

6.15 Wolverhampton – Pour L’Amour

She ran very well last time over 1m1f and has been crying out for the step up in trip. Going up to 1m4f this time will be a real big help and I think that’ll help her be involved in the shake up at the end of the race.

6.45 Wolverhampton – Amazement

All weather champion Luke Morris gives his Lingfield and Wolverhampton rides.

Luke has four rides at Wolves on Saturday

It was his first run since being gelded last time and that’s really helped him. The time before he got into a bit of a stir before the race and that hampered his chances. He’s a horse that’s still improving and when the grass season arrives, I think he’ll be the sort to be contesting some decent handicaps. I’d like to think he can win this as another stepping stone along the road for him to those bigger days.

7.45 Wolverhampton – Overrider

The trainer likes this one a lot and reports him to be in really good form at home. He’s well handicapped and I could see him going well at a bigger price.

8.15 Wolverhampton – Pacolita

She’s been in good form but has paid the price for her consistency and is now in the grip of the handicapper. Having said that, she’s reliable and as a result she’s got an each-way chance in this.



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Luke Morris

Luke is a talented and well-known flat jockey who studied at the British Riding School and rode his first winner in November 2005. The nephew of former rider Jason Tate has built up a broad client base which has seen him branded Britain's busiest jockey. He retained his All-Weather Champion Jockey title at Finals Day and will continue to guide you through the fixtures each week for the rest of the season.