TO be a small part of the Paisley Park story is humbling.

His win in the Sun Racing Stayers’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival was the result many expected and he was put forward as one of the bankers of the week.

I was confident before the race, but there was added pressure to bring it home, so there was a lot of relief as I hit the line.

My first thought was when my best friend, Campbell Gillies, had his best day here a few years ago.

For whatever reason, when I passed the line, he was the first person I thought of. He was a great friend of mine and I just want his family to know that, although he died a few years ago now, he is always there in our hearts.

I was delighted for Andrew Gemmell (the owner), who is a massive sports enthusiast and just a thoroughly nice guy, while Emma Lavelle has been fantastic to me over the years. It is a pleasure to be associated with them.

The race went just as I thought it would, and I knew how he would come down the hill. In the end, his turn of foot probably got me there too soon.

He was pricking his ears in front which is why he made a mistake at the last. But he got over it. He’d jumped really well up to then.

When he landed, he went again. I knew that, as soon as I landed and gathered him up, he was off again and I knew that I would win.

He is effective on any ground, he is relatively young and I am looking forward hopefully to riding him for a few more years to come.

I celebrated by playing some Xbox and watching some golf, the Players Championship, the unofficial fifth major. Not very rock and roll I know, but it was just a lovely feeling knowing I’d claimed one of the four Festival majors – a tenuous link to the golf I know!

Bu that’s done now. I’ve had my day and it’s back to business as my attention turns to Uttoxeter.

I am on Ms Parfois in the big race of the day, the Marston's 61 Deep Midlands Grand National.

She was fancied for the Ladbrokes Trophy at Newbury, but Anthony’s (Honeyball) horses were under a bit of a cloud and I don’t think she was herself, but she still finished sixth, albeit beaten a long way.

I have to say I think this race is absolutely made for her, as she loves extreme trips and the she will relish the ground.

Anthony has a good chance in the Marston's Pedigree Handicap Hurdle.

Acey Milan, fourth when favourite for the Champion Bumper last year, has had three starts over hurdles, winning his last under me at Plumpton last month. I can see him running very well on his handicap debut.

My other ride, Hideaway Vic, is for Anthony too. I was pleased with his hurdles debut at Ffos Las in November and, given the expected improvement, he will have a good chance in the Marston's Brewery Novices' Hurdle.

Finally, I’m going to miss Noel Fehily, who announced his upcoming retirement this week. He was a great jockey, a great man, and he’ll be missed by all of us big time. He’s ridden seven winners at the Festival, including three championship races, so I’ve got a long way to go to match those achievements. All the best for the future Noel.

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