Welcome to our new feature on the Racing Breaks blog, where we will be having a weekly catch up with Mick to see what a week in the Life of Mick involves. Here we will get a real insight into the racing world from a man who knows it so well and maybe steal a few tips along the way!
It isn’t often that a busy man like Mick Fitzgerald gets to sit down for a quiet cup of tea, but I had the rare chance to chat with the racing legend about what his busy schedule had in store this week. Lets just say, poor Mick didn’t have the best start to his week... after a freezing morning filming, he returned home to find that his son’s dog, Serge, was missing. After a worrying day of an effortful search party running circles around the village, Serge was found safe and sound. Let’s hope it can only get better from here…!
Mick has a busy week of filming ahead and as previously mentioned, his week started with filming at Wetherby for At The Races. He was there to speak with Richard Guest who has a horse heading to Santa Anita in February, Richard of course was a successful jump jockey Mick was telling me, and has done very well training sprinters on the flat since his retirement as a jockey, so Mick hopes he will have a great deal of success in his second career.
Mick will then fly to Ireland Tuesday night to continue his duties filming for At The Races, this time focussing on the Dublin Racing Festival. He will be meeting some of the Irish point-to-point trainers who buy unbroken 3yr olds and turn them into pointers. Among them will be Sean Doyle who is an old friend of Micks, so he is looking forward to seeing him. Sean is fast becoming a very successful producer of young horses, so I look forward to seeing this. Mick will then stay on in Ireland for racing at Gowran Park, this is the Goff Thyestes day, one of their biggest race meetings in the calendar. Racing will be covered by At The Races so let’s hope it’s not too cold for the presenters!
After a busy week in Ireland, Mick then heads back to the UK in prep for the Cheltenham Trials day, where he will be working for ITV. Mick has his eyes on BRISTOL DE MAI and hopes to see great things from him following a disappointing run in the King George due to a stomach ulcer. The team will be hoping he performs well enough to come out as a contender for the Gold Cup. He will have his optimum race conditions on Saturday so hopefully he runs well. He also mentioned that his usual mount Daryl Jacobs won’t be riding him as he has to be elsewhere for a retained ride, so Sam Twiston-Davies will be on board.
All in all a busy week for Mick and we look forward to hearing how it all panned out after this busy weekend of Cheltenham trials!!