By Andrew Atkinson THE next time you sit down to dine, stop and think about the ‘starvation’ that jockeys put themselves through, to make a weight. Lester Piggot, 83, arguably the greatest Flat jockey ever, survived on a daily diet of sipping a drink – and a puff on a cigar – during his illustrious […]
A MAN who boarded a bus in Dublin – with a donkey – could well have been heading to the ‘Donkey Derby’ in years gone by! In respect of the Donkey Derby, a race of the ilk was run at Castledown: The Castledown Donkey Derby. The race came under starters orders for two decades, the […]
I’ll never forget this day – I want to do it all over again – Mellah, featured by fromthehorsesmouth.tips By Andrew Atkinson TEENAGER Khadijah Mellah became the first Muslim jockey to ride in a race in Britain – when Haverland won the Magnolia Cup – at Glorious Goodwood on Thursday. “I want to keep going […]
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By Andrew Atkinson Jamie Spencer will be at the 2019 Glorious Goodwood Festival a little under the radar – with the focus on Frankie Dettori – the former flat racing champion jockey having won the Goodwood Cup twice! Born in County Tipperary, Ireland, champion jockey in both Ireland and Britain, Spencer, has won four Classics. […]
By Andrew Atkinson fromthehorsesmouth.tips racing correspondent CHAMPION jockey Richard Johnson is eyeing a successful afternoon at Newton Abbot on Saturday – booked to ride decent mounts at the Devonshire track. The Actuate Marketing Handicap Chase over 3 miles and 1 furlong (3.35) sees Johnson up on the Philip Hobbs trained Scoop The Pot (ew). Johnson […]
By Andrew Atkinson Frankie Dettori said that there’s ‘plenty more to come’ after the John Gosden trained Enable, selected by fromthehorsesmouth.tips won the Coral-Eclipse at Sandown on Saturday “There’s plenty more to come. She’s amazing – The Queen of racing!,” said a jubilant Dettori, who returned to the winners enclosure to rapturous chants, similar to […]
By Andrew Atkinson Jockey Jack Sherwood has quit racing after a woefully disappointing year- and having been left in the wilderness – by the lack of rides in the sport. Sherwood, 27, has hung up his saddle after a near decade in racing, having ridden 63 winners under rules. However leaving his options open, Sherwood, […]
Is Frankie Dettori the best Flat jockey ever – even surpassing the legendary Lester Piggott – in racing’s Sport of Kings? Italian maestro Dettori, MBE, wowed the 2019 Royal Ascot meeting, underlined by riding the first four winners on Thursday’s June 20 card, including the £500,000 Gold Cup, on board Stradivarius. “What a horse Stradivarius […]
By Andrew Atkinson WILLIAM Buick is awaiting medical advice as to whether he can return to racing at Royal Ascot this month – in the wake of suffering post head-injury syndrome in May. Buick, 30, underwent tests at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge, after being dumped by Sir Busker going to post at Ascot. Norwegian born […]
By Andrew Atkinson FRANKIE Dettori was ‘in love’ after his successful ride on Anapurna in the Oaks at Epsom – when beating Pink Dogwood for the Italian star’s fifth victory in the Classic: “I absolutely love it!”, said Dettori. Anapurna, a daughter of Frankel and trained by John Gosden, went ahead of Pink Dogwood, trained […]
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By Andrew Atkinson NICK Barratt-Atkin’s debut ride under rules at Ayr on Tuesday evening – booked to ride the Phil Kirby trained Hard Times – was thwarted on medical grounds. “I was told by the Clerk I couldn’t ride,” said disappointed Nick, ahead of the Summer Prosecco Mini Break at Western House handicap (C6) over […]
By Andrew Atkinson NICK Barratt-Atkin returns to the saddle at Ayr when riding the Phil Kirby trained Hard Times – the teenage jockey’s first official ride as an Apprentice jockey – for the Richmond, North Yorkshire, stables. Nick is back in the fold after recuperating at Jack Berry House after sustaining a broken leg. “It […]
Ukulele legendary star George Formby became apprentice jockey at trainer Thomas Schofield’s Epsom based stables, where he raced professionally, aged 10, the youngest ever professional jockey to this day. Formby, who died in March 1961, was removed from formal education at the age of seven – and became a stable boy in Wiltshire; at Middleham, Yorkshire […]
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