lucky to get the ride on Party Politics due to the unfortunate Andy Adams
breaking a leg at
Doncaster two months before the race.
Party Politics never put a foot wrong and the only time I had any cause for concern was when he had to swerve round Brown Windsor who had fallen at Becher's on the first circuit.
He is the biggest horse I have ever ridden standing at 18.1 hands. A hand is 4in, so he is a fraction over 6ft tall at the withers.
Large size is generally regarded as a disadvantage because big horses
tend to be clumsier and more unbalanced than smaller, lighter