Aintree hero Fox back in the hunt for more glory
Grand National-winning jockey Derek Fox will be among the star attractions at Haydock on Saturday as he seeks a first victory since his exploits aboard One For Arthur a week ago.
Fox has four rides, including two for One For Arthur's trainer Lucinda Russell, having had three rides at Kelso since his Aintree victory, which he says has left him performing with greater confidence.
"I still can't believe it and I'm still buzzing from Aintree but once you get weighed out, you're focused on the race at hand and you're not worrying about anything else too much," he said on Friday.
"I'm riding with plenty of confidence now though, so it certainly hasn't done me any harm."
Fox says the last week has been a thrill, with One For Arthur being treated like a hero by Scottish racing fans. The latest celebration has seen Tennent's Lager deliver a commemorative tap for its beer to his local pub, the Thistle Hotel Milnathort.
"The Scottish people really got behind him and he's been getting a great reception," said Fox.
As for his prospects of a winner at ITV4-televised Haydock, the jockey added: "Mumgos Debut (2.05) won at Carlisle the last day. His jumping can be a wee bit iffy but if he gets into a good rhythm he'd have a big chance at an each-way price, so I'm looking forward to riding him.
"I have Arthurs Secret (4.20) for Sandy Thomson and picked up the ride because Rachael McDonald, who had been riding him, broke her collarbone during the week. She seems to think the horse is in very good form and will like the drying ground, so hopefully he can run a big race.
"I also have Kilbree Chief (5.30) in the last, who won last time out and wears cheekpieces for the first time. He seems to stay very well so the trip should be in his favour, and Lucinda's horses are in great form."
As for the new brew in her local, Russell said: "It’s great to have a permanent reminder in our local bar where we can raise a glass to toast One for Arthur and the team every time we’re in for a drink. Many thanks to Tennent’s for gifting us the fount, it looks fantastic.”