MICHAEL LEGG (Harry Fry's Assistant Trainer) INTERVIEW - 09/09/2017

Michael Legg is a high quality amateur jockey who has come a long way in his relatively short career.  Having worked with Colin Tizzard he moved to Harry Fry and at the age of just 26 he was promoted to Assistant Trainer for the high flying yard.  Michael has agreed to take some time out of his busy schedule to answer a few questions for davemooretips.com.

Thank you very much for taking the time out to talk to me.  I really do appreciate it.

Firstly just a little bit about yourself can you give readers a quick overview of your career so far and how you got the job as Assistant to Harry Fry?

I have ridden 27 winners as an Amateur under rules. I rode as an Amateur for Colin Tizzard for 4 seasons before Joining Harry’s. I started at Harry’s as an Amateur Jockey before being offered the job as Assistant at the start of last season. Since then I have combined both roles as Amateur and Assistant.  

It must be an exciting time to be part of what is quickly becoming one of the top stables in the country?

It was a huge deal to me to be offered the Assistant job at such an exciting yard. Each year to date Harry has grown in numbers and success. We have such an exciting group of horses and plenty to look forward to.

Noel Fehily is the stable jockey for the yard, how influential is he to you and the yard?

He is very influential, I have learnt a huge amount from him, both on the schooling ground and the race track. His experience and Knowledge has played a key role in Harry’s success to date. 

What would you say is your favourite UK race-track and why?

Cheltenham, it’s the home of jumps racing, there is no better track to ride around and I have been fortunate enough to have success there myself. The atmosphere is second to none.

Thinking of the jumps season proper, Unowhatimeanharry was clearly the talking horse of the yard last season winning two grade one’s, is he likely to be campaigned similar to last year with the World Hurdle the main aim?

Once again he was the star for us last season. He will follow the same programme as last season and we would love to land the Stayers Hurdle, formerly the World Hurdle, at Cheltenham this season.

One horse that took my eye last season was Any Drama, how has his preparations been and do you think he will continue his improvement this season?

We were very happy with his progress last season and very much anticipate further improvement this coming season. He summered well and will most likely have another run over hurdles before going chasing.

Wotzizname was a horse that looked to be going places but had a disappointing campaign last season.  I believe he had a breathing operation before his last run, how is he doing and do you think he can continue his progress this season?

Things perhaps didn’t go his way and I would put a line through last season. He is back in training now looking a picture and I am very confident he will bounce back to winning ways.

American improved as a chaser last year, how does he look and do you think he can go to the top over fences?

He was impressive on all three starts last season and has come back in looking great. He certainly has the ability to be at the top over fences but it’s no secret that he is a very fragile individual.

Being a jockey yourself you did well with the likes of Opening Batsman and Just A Sting last season, are there any new horses in the yard that you look forward to riding in particular?

I was lucky enough to ride some talented horses last season for Harry and hopefully there will be opportunities again this season, but at this stage I couldn’t name any particular horses except hopefully renewing my partnership with Opening Batsman.

Are there any horses in the yard that you have a particular fondness of because of their character etc?

Desert Queen, although she can be a bit of a handful at times I really enjoy riding her at home and would be very fond of her.

Are there any unraced horses that you would recommend readers follow this season? 

Two that were in training last season and shaped nicely without getting a run are Shall We Go Now and Caribert.

If you had to pick one that you’re most looking forward to this season, who would it be?

Bullionaire, I like him a lot.

Thank you very much Michael for your time and all the best for the coming jumps season