Big Buck's was retired after the World HurdlePICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
Buck's ride made
my dreams come true
I HAVE hit the crossbar a lot this week and it was a shame Big Buck's couldn't win another World Hurdle on Thursday, but he has been retired sound and will always be remembered as the king of the staying hurdlers.
He has been amazing for the game and was the most amazing horse to have the chance to ride. I said to Paul [Nicholls] and Mr Stewart they have made a young man's dreams come true and I got to ride the best staying hurdler in the world.
He deserved the reception he received in the paddock from the crowd after the race and in years to come people will always remember him. I feel special to have been part of it.
Paul is a great trainer to ride for as he knows how to handle things when they don't go right. He was thinking about the horse's future first and foremost and that is one of the reasons he has been champion trainer and why he will be again.
I'm not the only jockey to have been unlucky at Cheltenham this week and it's always disappointing at the time. But as a jockey you have got to put your jockey's head on, as you might have a ride in the next race and you have to go out and give it absolutely everything.
It's down to me to give 100 per cent on the next horse, and I think every one I've ridden this week I have done justice to. What's most important to me is that I've tried my best.
It was hard not to be happy with Double Ross and Pineau De Re, who were placed in the JLT and the Pertemps Network Final on Thursday.
Pineau De Re will be a great ride for someone in the Grand National and Double Ross ran a blinder. I was thrilled for him and he showed how talented he is.
I have not quite been getting there all week and now there's only one day left, but I have three rides on Friday afternoon and will be going out and giving it everything.
I really hope I can finish by riding a winner, but I know I can look back when it's all over in the knowledge I've given my all.