Fresh from riding two winners last weekend, one of which he tipped up, Nick Scholfield has another busy weekend ahead. He took the time to speak to us to discuss his winners, preview this weekend’s rides and talk about what it was like riding the Grand National favourite Teaforthree, in 2014.
Nick Schofield on… last week’s winners
I had two winners last weekend. Darsi in the Park did well in horrible conditions at Uttoxeter, coping with them very well and eventually winning at 25/1. I’m continuing to find form on Jonjo O’Neill’s horses.
Then I rode Sizable Sam who is a horse that the Jeremy Scott yard have always liked. He continued his progression and did it nicely. I mentioned him in last week’s blog as one to follow so it was nice that he came out and won on the back of that.
He’s a nice horse and goes to the Sales Bumper at Newbury, which is a 50k race, and I’m sure he’ll hold every chance. He’ll love the track and is improving all the time so is doing as we hoped.
Nick Scholfield on… whether Tiger Roll can win his third straight Grand National
It would be fantastic if he could. I think it would be brilliant for racing. However, to win a race of that calibre again? He’s not the biggest horse. so to carry top weight over that trip will be a very difficult task for him. If any horse is able to do it though, it’s him. It won’t be easy.
Nick Scholfield on… Riding the Grand National favourite
There’s a Grand National trial at Haydock this weekend but in 2014 I rode the favourite for the big race, Teaforthree. Obviously that was a great ride to have and finished third that year. It’s hard to come across horses like him.
He actually went to that Haydock trial, finishing fifth or sixth, before I rode him in the Grand National when he ran a bliner. So it can definitely be a good trial. It’s sure to be very testing conditions this Saturday though and you need a horse who can handle them. It’s set to be a gruelling race.
Nick Scholfield writes a regular blog for Colossus. To read his previous articles, click here.