As far as the jockeys’ championship goes, this weekend marks the end of the season and I’d like to start by paying tribute to Oisin Murphy and Danny Tudhope, who have fought out the title this year.

Danny has had a great season, including all those Royal Ascot winners, and his success has been richly-deserved, but he’s met something of an immovable force in Oisin, who has worked so hard this year.

I think it’s easy to forget how young Oisin is, because he’s so articulate and confident, but you can take it from me that he is both very bright and a very talented rider. He knows his form and his breeding inside out. You’re almost asking for trouble when you say these things, but you could easily imagine that this will be the first of a number of championships for him.

He will get his trophy at British Champions Day at Ascot, where the one I like the look of is Tarnawa for Dermot Weld in the Champion Fillies & Mares Stakes. She didn’t handle Epsom when she ran in the Oaks, but her trainer is a master and he has picked her back up and put her back together again, winning some nice races on the way to Ascot.

I’ll be watching from Catterick, where I’ve got four rides, each with a chance I hope.

Billy No Mates is the one whose chances I’m particularly keen on. He’s had his excuses a couple of times of late, but I’m convinced that he’s starting to become well handicapped and testing ground suits him. I’ll be disappointed if he doesn’t go close in the Follow WillHill Racing Handicap.

Makanah has a wide draw in the William Hill Catterick Dash, but that’s no bad thing when the ground is soft as they often tend to swing wide and come up the stands’ side.

He is another who won’t mind the ground at all and he has been running really well all year. Moss Gill looks as if he could be hard to beat after winning at York last week, but hopefully we can run another big race.

Brass Clankers is an interesting one in the opening Best Flat Races Live on Racing TV Novice Stakes. On the face of things, he’s got a bit to find having finished only seventh at Southwell on his debut last month, but I thought he ran with a bit of promise there.

I know his trainer Robyn Brisland thinks he will handle the soft ground and at a decent price, I’d be hopeful he might out-run his odds.

This is the time of the year when some of the lads like to take a break, and I’ll certainly be looking forward to spending a bit of time with my wife, Adele and daughter, Scarlett.

However, I’ve no plans to be away for too long as things have started to go quite well for me in recent weeks after the interruption I had with injury earlier in the year. I’m keen to kick on now, both during the rest of the turf racing and then on the all-weather at tracks like Southwell and Newcastle over the winter.

I’ve made some new contacts of late – I think one week I rode for 20 different trainers in seven days – and I want to keep them going and keep riding winners.

One of the stables I have been riding for, the Lambourn yard of Archie Watson, this week broke a 44-year-old record for the number of winners in a season trained by a Flat stable in a very famous racing village. He has had a brilliant year and hopefully I can team up with him again over the weeks and months ahead.

The other thing that I’m particularly enjoying at the moment is the boxing training I have started doing in Leeds every week. My coach Keith Walton has some good boxers under him and I have learnt a lot quickly since Adele and myself started to see him.

In fact, I’ve got a few of the other lads interested now and a few of them have been coming along with me, like Shane Gray, Andrew Mullen, Nathan Moscrop and Henry Brooke.

I’ve always enjoyed boxing and it’s good to get some variety into your fitness programme. It’s certainly the hardest training I have ever done, but you feel the benefits afterwards and I’m even half-thinking about throwing my hat into the ring for the stable lads’ boxing championship in York next March – something I would never have considered before.

Franny Norton used to win it every year, but thankfully he’s retired from the boxing game now, although he’s as fit as ever. If I can carry on mixing the boxing with punching out plenty of winners over the winter, I’ll be a happy man.

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