Here we are again for our weekly catch up with Mick Fitzgerald and what an interesting and exciting week it’s been…I catch up with Mick before he heads off to the Studio in Milton Keynes.
The week started with a night of celebrations and appreciation for the Stud and Stable Staff of the Racing industry. This was an evening close to Mick’s heart as he mentions that it is the team of staff in every racing yard that put in so much hard work behind the scenes which makes him appreciate the sport much more. He goes onto say how lucky we are as an industry that everyone involved in the sport loves their job. It’s not a particularly well paid sport so awards like this are so important to show them gratitude. It means so much to them to be recognised and rewarded for all their hard work and dedication.
Last week Mick visited the Ebony Horse Club, which he described as an oasis in a concrete jungle as it is surrounded by high rise flats in the heart of London. For those who don’t know, Ebony Horse Club is a charity based just south of the river in Brixton, London. They use horses to raise the education, life skills and well-being of local young people living in some of the most disadvantaged communities in south London. Mick said it was an incredible experience and was very uplifting to see so many happy people smiling and the place is full of real characters. He hopes to work with them more and was so pleased to have had the opportunity to go and visit them.
It was quite a special week for Mick really, after an amazing day at Ascot on Saturday his week was on a huge high. He said the atmosphere was simply amazing and a real treat to enjoy with so many stories throughout the day. Firstly, he mentioned the upcoming star of the season, Bryony Frost who Mick coaches, this was a first for Bryony who was on favourite BLACK CORTON and to make a change, something was expected of the horse. He said he could tell she was a little more nervous than usual, you would have never known it once she was on the horse. She was so in control, calm and just a total natural, this is why; he explains, she has such an advantage and thinks she will be so successful. She gave the horse a really good ride in a big race on a big day so all credit to her.
Next we discuss the emotional race of CUE CARD and WAITING PATIENTLY, both are huge crowd favourites. He said both were applauded equally coming back in after the race and it was very emotional, this is what Mick explains, sets national hunt racing apart from the flat. It’s those crowd favourites that we all get attached to, get to know them, the people involved and follow their stories.
This weekend he will be at Kempton for the very last of the trials as we head onto the home straight for the Festival!