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I should have had three rides for Richard Hannon at Haydock, two for Clive Cox and decent mounts in the Lancashire Oaks and Old Newton Cup on Shimmering Surf and Kiama Bay. Unfortunately, the weather forecast looked terrible so Richard and Clive both pulled out their horses.
Richard was already planning to have runners at Sandown, which meant I had to be there and not Haydock. That meant that Tony, or Boney as everyone knows him, was in a tricky position.
Within the space of an hour he had to get me on as many horses as he could at Sandown.
I had three confirmed for Richard but Boney also found me three more, including Cogito for Brian Meehan in the Coral-Eclipse.
Boney also had the job of making phone calls to the trainers of Shimmering Surf and Kiama Bay. letting them know that I wasn't going up there to ride horses I had been booked for all week.
Boney, as my agent, ended up taking the flak. For that reason I wouldn't wish his job on anyone.
Some people might raise their eyebrows at Boney working for both Ryan Moore and myself given that there's always a chance we could end up among those fighting for the jockeys' title. However, it works well for us both.
Ryan is in big demand, so if a trainer rings for Ryan and he isn't available, the first question that Boney puts to them is: "Would you like Hughesie instead?" I also always know where Ryan is going and I always knew he was going to Sandown today. Due to his connection with Boney and Richard, he was supposed to be on Elnawin in the big sprint.
Now he doesn't have a ride in the race. These things work both ways.
I wouldn't call Boney a pushy agent by any means. He rings trainers and tells them who is available, but he isn't aggressive in chasing an answer and he doesn't keep ringing people back.
People respect him and trainers often contact him and ask which race would be the best for their horse.
He's also very sharp. Trainers will often make multiple entries but Boney knows their minds so well that he has a good idea which races they'll actually pick.
In Boney, I have a great asset.