With the flat season on turf little more than a memory now (albeit a very good one), we need to move on, and although the jumps will be the focus of many people’s attention, the All-Weather is a profitable niche market that is well worth the effort as we look for ways to add a spot of value to the mix with our daily horse racing tips.
We all know by now that Adam Kirby is a “hot jock” on the artificial surfaces as is Luke Morris, but what about the apprentices, who looks all set to make a name for themselves and who is good value for the pounds they can claim off a horse’s back?
Cieren Fallon – It’s all in the name. Seriously though, Kieren Fallon’s son already looks the part in the saddle and can only get better and better with experience. His father may not have been everybody’s cup of tea but his fellow jockeys considered him the very best with plenty of pre-race preparation added to his natural skills. With Dad on his side and William Haggas as a mentor, he seems destined for the top and is top of our list for the moment at least.
Ellie McKenzie – Looks an absolute natural in the saddle and has already ridden plenty of winners with all six of her successes coming on the All-Weather surfaces though she is yet to score on grass. Trainers are beginning to sit up and take notice of her ability to settle a horse and she will get more and more rides accordingly and she seems sure to ride plenty more in to the Winners Circle over the winter months as she fine tunes her craft.
Callum Rodriguez – Still only a youngster at the age of 21, Callum is attached to the Michael Dods yard who will no doubt make sure he keeps his feet very firmly on the ground. A graduate of the Northern Racing College he got his licence in 2015 but has been more in the limelight this year with winners such as Intense Romance who has won twice in Listed company and proves that Callum has the ability at the higher levels.
Oliver Stammers – Seems keen to keep going over the winter which is a big positive for this list and nominated for Ride Of The Month for October after winning on St Andrews at Newcastle with a well-judged ride after a slow start on a not necessarily willing partner. Tied to Mark Johnston he is another who has a good teacher to hone his skills and he looks sure to make an even bigger name for himself as the season progresses.
Sebastian Woods – When you look at the statistics you just know you need Sebastian on your side with a stunning seven wins from just the nine rides on four-year-olds and above on the All-Weather! His partnership with trainer Richard Fahey is well worth a second glance week on week and he is the fifth and final apprentice on our list, and another who looks destined for a long and profitable career in the plate.
Fancy a more up to date list of our selections – have a look at our racecards.