I was very sorry to hear the news that my old boss David Barons had died.
We had some great times together and I had my best spell as a jockey after I moved to Devon to work for him in 1985.
David was a leading jumps trainer over four decades while running a farming business that stretched to more than a thousand acres. My first working day for him set the pattern for the next few years. I spent the morning riding out and the rest of the day helping out with the harvest.
There were always jobs to be done in the yard and on the farm and David expected you to roll your sleeves up and get stuck in which suited me fine.
We shared a lot of success, most notably in the Hennessy Gold Cup which we won in successive years with Broadheath and then Playschool who went on to give me my biggest winner in the saddle in the Vincent O’Brien Gold Cup at Leopardstown in February, 1988.
David’s wife Jenny, an outstanding point-to-point rider, had a big input in the training of the horses and the selection of their races.
I enjoyed riding for them and then working as their assistant trainer after I broke my leg and retired as a jockey.
I learned so much during my time with David and Jenny and it was good to be involved with the preparation of Seagram ahead of their greatest triumph in the 1991 Grand National.