Lewis Edmunds


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My 11th ‘PIGEON RACING’ jockey interview sees me speak to another young rider who is starting to make a very good impression in the saddle, including two winners last week taking his career tally already to FIVE wins

28 August 2016

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Lewis Edmunds, who is son of former jockey Jason and grandson to trainer John Balding is a young jockey to follow especially after impressively winning last week on Etienne Gerard at Leicester and then on the new all-weather surface at Newcastle aboard Gypsy Major (Picture below)

Date and Place of Birth

I was born on 24th October 1998, and i’m from Scrooby which is about 10 miles from Doncaster

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

I was born into racing with my parents, grandad and great grandad all heavily involved in the game

What age did you first ride / first actual race ride

I first sat on a horse at about age 5 but then lost interest. At about 12 i started riding out at other yards at the age of 14 was when i decided i wanted to be a jockey

What are your strengths and weaknesses

My strengths are that i’m focused and passionate about the sport, my weakness is lack of experience, and my weight could be a bit lower to what I’d like it to be

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

My idols are Ryan Moore because he is so strong in a finish and just an all round amazing rider. Also Richard Hughes and Lester Piggott because they were always confident and patient on a horse

What was your first winner and how many winners so far

My first winner was Gone With The Wind for Rebecca Bastiman at Ayr. I’ve had 3 winners and 8 seconds. (Now FIVE winners following last week’s two winners mentioned above)

Which would you regard as your biggest win

My third win on Thello at Ripon (16 Aug) as it was my first against professional jockeys

Which racecourses do you like best or least

I really like Ayr because it’s a long galloping flat track and the bends are really nice as well. My most disliked is Catterick because its very tight and uneven

Who gives you your best advice

My best advice is hard to say as i get a lot of help from my jockey coach Kim Tinkler, as well as jockeys Kevin Stott, Joe Doyle, Shane Gray and my father and grandfather all of which is greatly appreciated

What is the best horse you have ever ridden

GOKEN, Kevin Ryan’s group sprinter who i have ridden at home whereas on track it would be SIGN OF THE KODIAC who i rode at York as he was highest rated (93)

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What time do you get up in the morning most days and what would be your average kind of day

I get up around 6am if i’m not feeding (if i am then 5am), ride six lots and have some lunch, then sometimes do a few odd jobs, then get back at 3pm for evening stables

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

I work full time at Kevin Ryan’s

Who are your best mates in the weighing room

Joe Doyle (below) as he helps me out a lot with my wristbands which stop the cuffs of the colours flapping around and Joe is good at putting them on haha so he does mine , when he’s not there though i attempt and do a bad job of it …  i’m not very good with them !

What’s worst part of the job

The feeding because it’s such an early start and makes the day even longer

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

I like to go running with my best mate Harrison Shaw from the yard and when i’m at home i go shooting a lot

Food and drink

Favourite food is seafood – i can’t get enough of it !

TV and Films 

Favourite TV is Channel 4 racing which gives great coverage and film Walk The Line


I like all types of music

Which course would you like to ride a winner at this year (even if you’ve already ridden a win there)

I would like to ride a winner at Doncaster as its my home course

How do you like and compare the different All-weather surfaces/courses (if you’ve ridden any yet)

I’ve only ridden at Newcastle, and its lovely, a fantastic track they’ve cut no corners

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

I think racing is at a good level and there’s nothing i would change

What are your ambitions for the near future

Obviously id love the apprentice title but to ride out my claim would be just as good

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

YOU’RE COOL will get a win this season

(Lewis has been second on him twice not beaten far either time)

Big thanks to Lewis for his time and best of luck to him for the rest of the season. This week he has rides booked at Ripon & Newcastle

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