Hi, welcome to my first Silk Series blog post of 2018!
Once again, I’m really looking forward to posting throughout the coming months, keeping you up to date with what’s going on with The Silk Series and also to give you an insight into my life and career as a professional jockey.
It’s been a busy few months for both myself and The Silk Series over the winter, with plenty to catch up on!
Obviously, we were all delighted for Megan Nicholls winning the Tufnell Trophy at Doncaster last September, and equally the way in which The Silk Series has been received by both the racing and sports industries.
The Silk Series was a winner at the Racecourse Association’s Showcase Awards in November, whilst it was also a finalist at the BT Sports Industry Awards and the Women’s Sports Trust #BeAGameChanger Awards. It has been great to see the positive way in which it has been received, and I know a lot of girls will be trying to target the thirteen races this year.
There’s been news this week about the work that British Racing is going to do to improve diversity in our sport, and I’m really proud to be helping out with The Silk Series as it helps to give as many female jockeys as possible a leg up.
Personally, it’s been a big few months as I continue to push myself and my career forward. I rode out my claim in November last year, which is a big step in the career of any jockey. It means that you no longer can claim a weight allowance off the experienced professional jockeys and have to compete with them on level terms, which is a big challenge, but one I’m taking head on.
I’ve been delighted with how things have been going, I’ve managed a total of 21 wins so far in 2018, and I’m always grateful for the help of my boss, Richard Hannon and my agent Guy Jewell who are great supports.
Royal Ascot was again an annual highlight, and I was delighted to come second in the Sandringham Handicap on Ortiz at 66-1 for trainer Henry Candy. A winner at the Royal meeting is something every flat jockey in the world is after, so to come so close was at the same time amazing, but also frustrating!
As ever in racing, you have to take the ups along with the downs. I had fall at Haydock Park in June, which resulted in some damage to my arm and teeth. Luckily, though, my arm wasn’t broken and my teeth have been fixed. I was back riding last week after 10 days off.
There are a few fellow jockeys who have had nasty falls recently, and I’d like to wish them the best of luck in recovery. Racing is a tough sport, as we all know, but the key is to keep battling on as best you can!
Anyway, I’m really looking forward to the next race in The Silk Series, which is at Chepstow on Friday evening. It was great to get underway at Musselburgh at the beginning of June, with Rachel Richardson currently leading the table, but the races come thick and fast now in the busy summer period!
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