Joshua Bryan


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My latest ‘PIGEON RACING’ jockey interview sees me speak to a young rider who celebrated his first success in June at the 16th time of asking and has since ridden two more winners

Joshua Bryan, who recently turned 17, is nephew to Welsh wizard trainer Peter Bowen and is a young jockey to follow, especially as he is based with the master of finding new talent, Andrew Balding

21 August 2016

Date and Place of Birth

13th August 1999 in Shrewsbury

Who inspired you to get into racing and when did you first realise you wanted to be a jockey

Mum and Dad got me riding from an early age and they got me a racing pony which inspired me to become a jockey, and I must of wanted to be a jockey when I was about 9 aha I loved going flat out and having races with my brother on my little 11 hand pony

What age did you first ride / first actual race ride

I had my first pony which I could ride with no one holding me when I was about 7, and I was 12 when I had my first pony race, and 16 when I had my first professional race on April 16th at Wolverhampton on PRINCESS ROANIA

What time do you get up in the morning

Half 6 ready for 7

Which stable(s) do you work for or ride out at the moment

Andrew Balding

What are your strengths and weaknesses

Id like to think that I am strong in a finish and tactically good in a race. My main weakness is probably that I need to be more patient and let the race unfold itself

Who are your jockey idols you look up to or maybe base yourself on

I’ve always admired Ryan Moore, he is the real deal, he is so professional, stylish and the strongest jockey I’ve ever seen, (also very easy to talk to in the weighing room). I also looked up to Richard Hughes! He timed all of his rides to perfection and was incredibly stylish considering how tall he was

What was your first winner and where

Princess Roania at Bath (June 29th)

Josh has since won on Smoky Hill and Generalyse

Which would you regard as your biggest win

I’ve only had three so far and i would have to say my first one as it was for my uncle

Which racecourses do you like best

I love Ascot and also Leicester (100% record there) and probably Wolverhampton, I get too many seconds or thirds there aha

Who gives you your best advice

Oisin Murphy helps me a lot and is always giving me advice, also Eddy Greatrex helps me, day in day out

What is the best horse you have ever ridden

My favourite horse I’ve ridden has got to be HEAD SPACE (above) he is an old legend and in all five starts that I’ve rode him, he’s placed every time! And I would of loved to have sat on Frankel! Even if I was trotting him around the school aha

The best horse…. Hmmm, I would have to say SUNBLAZER (below) for Kim Bailey

Who are your best mates in the weighing room

David Probert, Eddy Greatrex and David Egan is a laugh too !!

What’s worst part of the job

Travelling to the races, and having to keep on a diet

What hobbies or sports do you like to watch or play away from racing

Like football and fishing

Food and drink

Chicken in breadcrumbs, coffee and flavoured sparkling water

TV and Films

I love The Hobbit trilogy and Game of Thrones


Justin Bieber and Drake

Which course would you like to ride a winner at this year

York or Ascot

How do you like and compare the different All-weather surfaces/courses

Yeah they’re great especially when the ground on the turf is too soft or too firm

If you were put in charge of racing for one day what changes would you make

Raise the minimum weight

What are your ambitions for the near future

To just keep riding as many winners as I can

Can you give readers a horse to follow for the rest of the season

SOUTH SEAS, one of Andrew Baldings two-year olds for Qatar, unbeaten so far and should keep progressing

Big thanks to Josh for his time and best of luck to him for more winners soon including this week when he has a few booked rides including at Lingfield, Leicester and Ffos Las