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Henry Brooke: What A Month!

May has been an incredible month for me, and I’ve managed to ride 12 winners, the most number of winners I’ve ever ridden in a month.

A lot of them have been for Oliver Greenall and Josh Guerriero, whose horses have just been in red-hot form over the last couple of months. However, it’s not all been just for them; I’ve also been able to pick up some nice spare rides along the way, and my agent has done a great job booking them all for me.

You would normally think that May would be a quiet month after the previous jump season ended in April, but it’s just been a very busy time for me.

With May now coming to an end, we move on to June, where I’m off to Worcester on Saturday.

I have three rides on the card, and hopefully we can keep the good form going.

What is it like to ride Worcester?

Worcester has had trouble with flooding in recent times, so it’s good to be back racing there, as we’ve not been there for a while. We normally race there in the summer months, and it’s a very simple track to ride. 

It’s a typical oval shape with two big, long straights and a tight top bend just past the winning line. You often see a few tight finishes on the run-in, so it can be a great track for racegoers to watch.

My Saturday rides at Worcester

12.40 – Exclusive Getaway (Oliver Greenall & Josh Guerriero)

Two starts ago, he ran a good race to finish third at Kempton, but last time he was just way too keen, and he didn’t quite get home at Uttoxeter. He’s a horse who prefers good ground, and it will be interesting going over fences for the first time with him here. Hopefully the bigger obstacles will just make him settle better, and he can put together a good, clear round of jumping.

1.10 – Top Of The Bay (Oliver Greenall & Josh Guerriero)

It was too soft for him the last day, when he finished fourth at Southwell. As long as the rain stays away this weekend, that’ll help him out, as he wants better ground. He’s going back over fences here, which won’t be a problem. He’ll also be wearing first-time cheekpieces, which will hopefully bring out an extra bit of improvement in him.

1.45 – The Beekeeper (Micky Hammond)

He’ll be making his racecourse debut here. From looking at the opposition, there isn’t much form on offer, so most of us will be in the same boat. Micky can do well with his bumper horses, so I wouldn’t be surprised if he ran a good race.

I hope you all have a great weekend, and I’ll catch up with you again soon.

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