Sussex NH jockey Marc in top form

Sussex National Hunt jockey Marc Goldstein is in outstanding form at present, with five winners from his last seven rides, and that total includes doubles he has ridden at both Fontwell and Huntingdon within the past week. The 26-year-old younger brother of fellow jump pilot Jamie and son of former local favourite Ray is looking increasingly polished in the saddle as he bids to ride out the final three pounds of his claim as a conditional rider. His long-standing association with trainer Sheena West is proving extremely fruitful at the moment as the Falmer-based handler has sent out four winners from her last five runners and Goldstein has been aboard them all. I felt that the winning ride he gave to Alfraamsey at Huntingdon on Sunday reflected his abilities particularly well. The novice chaser is not a natural over fences and for me Marc’s handling of him was the chief reason he ultimately went on to secure a comfortable victory.

The present outlook for Marc is much brighter now than it appeared on Easter Monday 2009 when he suffered a catalogue of injuries in a horror fall at Fakenham that kept him out of the saddle for many months.

After a period of recuperation and a subsequent return to riding, many local racing people continued to support Marc, and have had their faith in him rewarded as his awareness and judgment in the heat of battle continue to progress. The frequent opportunities he has been afforded by trainers Michael Madgwick and West are a confirmation of his steady improvement. I hope his burgeoning talent affords him a chance to display his worth for some of the larger jumping stables. Looking forward, Geordie Boy has been entered by West for a handicap contest at Windsor on Monday, and should the forecast soft ground become a reality, it could prove a decent chance to break his maiden.

A number of his relatives showed a distinct preference for some cut in the ground and that probably had a bearing on his last run at Folkestone where he disappointed on fast ground.

He is worth another chance.