The New One ran on strongly up the hill to snatch third from Hurricane FlyPICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
I wish I had been
closer turning in
THE NEW ONE getting beaten in the Champion Hurdle is the hardest thing in racing I've had to deal with.
Things had been going so well and I was really looking forward to the race, but I guess what happened is jump racing.
I had a lovely position and I was really pleased with the way the horse was going. We had no chance of avoiding Our Conor and I just accepted my fate. You cannot win a race when you have been stopped like that, especially a Champion Hurdle.
The next couple of hurdles were about getting the horse's confidence back and I gave him a lot of space. I tried to think what AP or Ruby would do if they were in the same position.
It was quite a performance to finish where he did and how he did. I just wish I had been five lengths closer turning in.
To be so close to winning a race like that, but being so far away is upsetting. To have a horse who could have won but didn't because of bad luck is gutting, but we still have a horse.
I feel awful for the connections of Our Conor, and after the owner pledged to donate all of the prize-money to charity you would have thought he would get a bit of luck.
Nige came down to reassure me. He told me we still have the best two-mile hurdler in England and Ireland, and he's right. The horse is a legend.
I said to the owners afterwards that I didn't mean to be rude but I just wanted to go and sit in the weighing room. You get yourself so wound up about things that it's hard to take when it goes wrong, although you have to have perspective on it all.
Aidan Coleman and Nick Scholfield, who didn't have a great time with Irving, came over to talk to me about it and it's brilliant to have friends to talk to like that. They helped lift me before my ride in the last and I like to think I did Ahyaknowyerself [fourth] justice.
As for today, Kaylif Aramis is my best ride in the Coral Cup. I think the track, ground and style of race will suit him.