• What made you want to get into horse racing? Family history or are you the first in the family to get involved?
I have always loved horses and racing. My dad Richard was a dairy farmer and when I rode as an amateur point-to-point jockey we had horses at home. My father took out his permit so we could run them under rules when I had a stint as a conditional jockey, when I retired from riding I took over and took out a full license.
• What is your ultimate ambition in racing? Do you set targets? To train as many winners as possible and as long as each season is better than the last and we are improving and having a better quality of horses in training.
• Do you have an idol? Somebody who inspires you? I don’t have one idol, as there are plenty of people I look to and admire. You never stop learning.
• If you could train the winner of any race, which one would it be? The Cheltenham Gold Cup
• Do you have an all-time favourite horse? One you would have loved to have trained? Who wouldn’t of loved to train Kauto Star
• We give you a magic wand, and you can change one thing in the horse racing world. What would that be? Injuries to horses and better prize-money
• Which is your favourite racecourse to run your horses? Catterick and Sedgefield; two small friendly courses that we always do well at.
• A good racehorse needs a number of factors to come together, ability, stamina, willingness, bravery to name a few. What quality do you look for from a horse above all else? We tend to well with other people’s cast offs so ability, a horse rarely looses its ability. You just have to figure out what’s gone wrong for them to lose their form and put it all back together again
.• What are you doing during lockdown? There is always plenty to do on the yard so all the jobs that we never seem to get done… fencing, rolling, the list goes on !
• What about your team? Have any of them taken on alternative work elsewhere? No I’m managing to keep them fairly busy here.