I began my career in racing in 1976 when I served as an apprentice to WD Francis riding 18 winners from 200 rides over a seven year period. In 1980, I was lucky enough to spend three winter months working for GA Rogerson in New Zealand where I had 20 rides.

I returned to the Southern Hemisphere in 1983 and spent six months with William Hastings-Bass (Lord Huntingdon) as a work rider, three months with Neville Begg and then eight further months with the legendary Colin Hayes.

I spent the next five years as a work rider and Pupil Assistant with Barry Hills until eventually leaving to join John Gosden in 1989. I spent an incredible eleven years as Travelling Head Lad and was lucky enough to travel all over the world with some fantastic horses including trips to eight Breeders’ Cups, a Dubai World Cup and two Hong Kong Festivals. In that time, I travelled Benny The Dip to Epsom for his famous Derby win and also Shantou to Doncaster for his St Leger.

The next six years were spent as Gosden’s assistant at Manton until I took out my own license in 2007. My first winner came on 16th July 2007 when Maryolini won her maiden at Wolverhampton and we ended the season with eight winners from a team of 18 horses.

The following season the team grew to 30 and we managed to send out 14 winners from 134 runners. I saddled the second double of my career in July 2008 having first done it back in December 2007. I left Manor House Stables in 2009 having sent out five winners before a virus struck in May and now train at Helshaw Grange.


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