I must admit I don't know but he's probably a horse who needs soft ground. We're coming to the end of the season and there's probably not many options left for him. He's very talented and if he can just get it all right on the big day I think there's a big handicap in him...something like the Paddy Power next year might be on his agenda but the ground is key for him
You want a horse with guts and real courage. The whole thing is testing but the last half mile of that race is where most Nationals are won and lost. I really like Kruzhlinin's attitude and when I've ridden him he definitely hasn't shirked the issue so we'll see
No, I don't think it has really. The changes to the fences have hopefully made it safer for horses and jockeys but it is still a real challenge and those fences need plenty of respect. For a jockey, once you've done the first circuit you can start to enjoy the race and if the horse is enjoying it as well then things unfold from there
He had a small problem this year which stopped him from running. He was very impressive in his bumper last year and I actually bred him so I know plenty about him. Hopefully he'll be a very nice staying novice hurdler for next year
I think winning the Gold Cup is the one. From a purist point of view, it's the pinnacle of our season. That was a massive day for me and Looks Like Trouble is retired at home with me now. Sprinter Sacre winning at Cheltenham was amazing and for a horse to come back like that and reward all the hard work of connections and the Henderson team was an amazing thing for our sport. It was a great thing for our sport to see so many people happy with one result, the atmosphere it created was unique and I think it shows that our sport is in great form at the moment
Yeah I think he does run and I'd like to think he's got a decent chance. Back in a handicap on ground he should like should give him a decent chance in a very competitive race.
I think he'll stay over fences. He was at the end of a long season at Newbury on Saturday and the Veterans' Series could be what we're looking at for him next season and the final at Sandown could be a target.
No! The championship is what I've always wanted and hopefully to be able to achieve that in three weeks time would be amazing. If I could win the National on Saturday as well I think I'd feel like I'd won the lottery
I definitely get the same buzz when I'm winning! I love doing what I do and I'm lucky that my weight is better than AP's was. I feel like the Philip Hobbs team is so strong at the moment and there are definitely no plans to retire in the immediate future.