With Cheltenham only around the corner owners and trainers with horses entered especially those in the early closing entries races will have had plenty of time to study the entries in the races they have entered in, this will have allowed them to come up with a plan of which jockey they will choose to ride their horse etc.
“I’m not being biased but from speaking to a close friend of mine French based champion jockey James Reveley I am quite shocked he is not in more demand come Cheltenham”
He is very reliable and is always very keen to travel over and back for the right opportunities. roughly 11 years ago James ventured across the English Channel for a summers work experience to legendary multiple champion trainer G Macaire.
Big race rides in the UK have been fairly limited for James so he decided to make going to France a regular occurrence every summer until a couple of years ago he fully moved over. In 2016 James no doubt defeated all the odds and became French champion jockey winning the biggest of races including the French Gold cup and the French champion hurdle this was a remarkable achievement.
In that year he won connections over 2 million Euro’s in prize money a sum which probably only was accomplished by Ruby Walsh in one of his best seasons whilst he had the pick of both Paul Nicholls string in the UK and Willie Mullins string in Ireland bagging winners in all the top races in both countries. Compared to any jockey in Ireland or the UK James would ride a higher standard of horse in a higher class of race be it in listed or even graded races most weeks.
He is an incredible jockey/horseman with a great racing brain. He is still very underrated back in the UK as most of his achievements have not been very well publicised and French racing is not showed very often on our racing channels.
In France he has ridden for some of the UK’s biggest trainers including Nicky Henderson, David Pipe, Nick Williams, Charlie Longsdon and many more he also rides for top owners in France Including Simon Munir who will no doubt have a big string at Prestbury Park, I genuinely can’t figure out how owners and trainers are not keen to try get one the very best and also a champion jockey on board on the big stage.
James has had plenty of rides at Cheltenham and did manage to ride one winner this unfortunately was not at the festival. James did say he was busy racing in France on the first 2 days of the festival but if any opportunities came up on the Thursday or Friday as he is only a flight away, I really hope he gets the chance he deserves in the UK at Cheltenham as it would be a great start for this French Champion.
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