Flood finds taste for food and film
Rising star Paddy Flood is brushing up on his culinary expertise and making visits to the cinema during the cold spell that has impacted greatly on his customary routine of going racing after morning workouts.
A native of Kildare currently living in Dublin, he rides out three times a week for Curragh trainer Dessie Hughes and reports that the ongoing frost and snow has meant putting in "extra hours and diesel" for him.
"It's always a degree or so colder on the Curragh, so we're just about getting around," Flood said.
"We have been boxing the horses to and from the gallops, which are fine. You just wouldn't trot a horse on the road though.
"There's the usual early start for us but a later finish. It's a new experience for me to see straw and shavings put down in the yard to help get some grip for the horses, which tend to be quite fresh at the moment.
"The problem with the snow lying is that it gathers under their feet and, when that happens, it means they have no grip.
"You're paid to mind them no matter how valuable or not they might be.
"After the morning's work, we have time on our hands for the rest of the day and I've been cooking the dinner for my girlfriend and going with her to the odd film," the young jockey concluded.