Take a breath; day one of the Cheltenham Festival was a memorable one.
And Daryl Jacob, who has a busy schedule across Wednesday at Prestbury Park, talks to cheltenham.co.uk about his life in racing.
A Grand National-winning jockey, Jacob bids to land the spoils at Aintree as he did nine years ago aboard the legendary Neptune Collonges. It’ll be another grey in Liverpool next month as three-time Betfair Chase hero Bristol De Mai tackles the National fences for the first time.
But attention cannot turn from Gloucestershire for a second as the best National Hunt meeting of them all continues into its second day.
The Listener was a horse that helped establish your career, what do you remember about your Savills Chase (Grade 1) win back in 2006 for the late Robert Alner?
He was a wonderful horse and got my career going. He was the first big horse that I got to ride and going back to my home country and riding my first ever Grade One winner was very special. I had all of my family and friends there, so it was a very special day.
You won the Scilly Isles Novices’ Chase (Grade 1) four times in a row from 2015 – 2018, what’s your secret?
What’s the secret? The secret is good horses – and I’m lucky enough to be riding them.
What horse are you most looking forward to riding at the Festival and why?
Caribean Boy – he heads for the Plate on Thursday afternoon.
If you could choose any horse to ride at the Cheltenham Festival that don’t currently ride, who would it be and why?
Shishkin. He looks a natural and has been very good in what he’s done over fences so far, and he looks a very exciting horse.
Favourite Cheltenham festival memory?
I’d say winning on Concertista last year. I’ve been with Simon Munir and Isaac Souede for about seven years now so to ride them a Cheltenham Festival winner was very special.
How hopefully of Bristol De Mai chances in The Grand National are you and how’s his preparation going?
His preparation for the Grand National is going very well. He looks very fresh and well in his coat, and we’re very much looking forward to riding him here. He’s the class horse in the race – he’s won three Betfair Chase’s and the last time I rode a horse of his class was Neptune Collonges, and he won the National for me. We’re very excited and looking forward to hearing down this route.
How do you get away from the day-to-day life of a jockey, what other interests and hobbies do you have?
I enjoy playing some golf when away from racing with friends and I love spending time with my wife and two kids.