In the final two races Young, a 23-year-old amateur, is up against top riders - and they include Nicholls's retained jockey, Joe Tizzard. But last night Nicholls said there was nothing too surprising about Tizzard riding for rival yards.
``Jeremy has ridden three winners for me already this season and he's a good amateur,'' the trainer said. Lord Esker, Young's mount in the 3.10, has top weight and the yard wanted to utilise his 7lb claim on a horse not certain to appreciate testing ground. Tizzard has been booked for the Ron Hodges-trained Morstock.
In the 3.40, Tizzard partners Henry Daly's Needwood Lion, while Young rides Existential. ``Existential is only a four-year-old and we feel he is badly handicapped,'' Nicholls explained.
Dunwoody's retirement, meanwhile, has set the Irish trainer Willie Mullins a problem in finding a permanent replacement jockey for the Gold Cup contender Florida Pearl. "I have Paul [Carberry] and Ruby [Walsh] in mind. I'm 50- 50, I just don't know,'' Mullins said.Reuse content