Shoemark still bullish about apprentice crown as he returns from ban
Royal Ascot winner Kieran Shoemark remains bullish about claiming the apprentices' jockey title despite returning from a ten-day suspension on Tuesday seven winners behind table-topper David Egan.
Failing to ride out to the line at Kempton in early August incurred Shoemark a spell on the sidelines that has allowed Egan to build up a championship race cushion.
However, Roger Charlton's apprentice - successful on the trainer's Atty Persse in the King George V Stakes - is revved up to make a late charge, beginning with five booked mounts at Goodwood and Kempton on Tuesday.
"I'm still quite confident I can win it," said Shoemark.
"I've got great backing and will be having loads of rides in my first week back. Roger Charlton is being very supportive and is putting me on the majority of his horses.
"I went ten days without a winner not so long ago as well, so it's not the first time, but then I started having lots of winners. It can go like that.
"David has three days of bans to serve himself (Wednesday to Friday) and there's still a long way to go, so a lot could happen yet."
Shoemark, whose challenge is being supported by multiple title-winning agent Tony Hind, believes he could get to 33 winners for the season on his comeback mount at Goodwood.
He added: "I rode Ancient Longing first time out and then Jim Crowley partnered him in a Newbury maiden to finish fourth. He thought quite a bit of him and I think he could win at Goodwood."
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