The Thursday takeover this week is from multiple grade 1 and Cheltenham festival winning jockey David Bass.
I first met Bassy when I worked Kim Bailey when I was in my teens, and I actually looked after a horse called Darna which was David’s first winner at the Cheltenham festival.
Along with being a good friend of mine, Bassy has owned horses with me and has ridden for me a few times… We all make mistakes! Joking aside, over to David.
The Bass BlogMax has very annoyingly asked me to do a blog for his website. He must be desperate, and I apologise if you fall asleep.I’m currently enjoying a day off! I don’t get too many this time of the year, so it’s good to relax. It’s an exciting time of year, the big spring festivals are just around the corner. I can’t wait for Cheltenham, I’m very lucky to have some good rides. It’s such a shame there will be no crowds. I know it’s not the same, but I really hope everyone can get pleasure out of watching it all on the television!!
Enough about me, we need to move on to the man mountain that is Max Comley!!
I first met Max a few years ago when he was riding out for Kim Bailey. I barely had a chance to talk to him as he was too busy trying to chat up every single female in the yard, but after a while most of them realised he isn’t the charmer he believes he is! When he found the time to talk to me he seemed like a good bloke! Max and his good friend Zack were always good fun to ride out with. They always had a good story, quite often very shocking but entertaining at the same time!
I got to know Max a lot more when I decided to send him a horse to train in point to points. She was a lovely mare called Benim. I had ridden her to be placed in a couple of bumpers a while back. She only had one run for Max, she fell. He ran her over the wrong trip (stupid man)… Of course I’m joking! It was my fault she ran over the wrong trip. I’m a pushy owner!!! I thought that would be the last time I owned a horse with Max… how wrong I was!!
Not only have I been an owner with Max, I have now ridden for him in a few hunter chases ( very scary! ) to be fair I actually had a lot of fun riding Clondaw Bunny and Knockaderry Flyer. Very well schooled!
All the joking aside, I can’t speak highly enough of Max. He’s a really decent bloke and a very talented horseman. I take a keen interest in Max’s yard and his burgeoning training career. Max is very ambitious and works extremely hard . He did a great job with Benim, I hadn’t seen her looking as well and she felt as good as she ever had before whilst in training in other yards. He loves his horses and his attention to detail with each horse is very impressive. He’s also easy to work with and he listens (even to my useless feedback!). He’s always willing to learn. I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending Max to train any type of horse.
It’s great that point to pointing is coming back at the end of March. It’s a very important training ground for young jockeys and trainers. I wish Max and everyone connected to the yard lots of luck for the rest of the season.
I hope to see some of you on a racecourse very soon!Take care,DavidDarnaGrade 1 winner First FlowBenim and Sam Burton unlucky to fall at the final fence. Both horse and jockey were okaySchooling BitofBlindingFame and Quantum and David
Fame and Quantum