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My latest ‘RISING STAR’ jockey interview sees me talk to Jane Elliott who enjoyed a fabulous 2018 riding 33 winners
An early highlight without doubt saw Jane ride her first double in March at Lingfield on DARING GUEST and TARTAN BUTE, for Mark Johnston, the latter coming in the Hands and Heels Apprentice final for the series which had run throughout the Winter season.
Regular winners followed ahead of two excellent high profile victories in the later months of the year when firstly she won aboard STAR OF THE EAST in a valuable Class 2 Haydock handicap for Mark Johnston, and rounded off the year with a superb ride timed to perfection aboard SHYRON at Lingfield in December.
Date and Place of Birth
28 March 1995 George, South Africa
Who inspired you to get into racing and when did you first realise you wanted to be a jockey
My parents joined Elite racing club when I was young and that really got me into racing following their horses
What age did you first ride
I learnt to ride aged 10
When was first actual race ride
PROSPERA at Lingfield for Ralph Beckett 2013, the day after he had 1st and 2nd in The Oaks
What are your strengths and weaknesses
My strength is that I’m hardworking, and weakness probably being too hard on myself
Who were your jockey idols you looked up to or maybe based yourself on
Ryan Moore, an incredible rider and would like to be as hard working as AP McCoy
What & When was your first winner
8 February 2015 MARCIANO at Southwell winning by 5 lengths
Which would you regard as your biggest win so far
Biggest winner at Lingfield in March in the hands and heels race (mentioned above)
Which racecourses do you like / dislike and why
I love Southwell as it’s my local track and had first winner there
Who gives you your best advice
My agent Steven Croft always gives me great advice
Favourite horse – that you have ridden and would like to have ridden
MARCIANO, my first and second winner
What is the best horse you have ever ridden
I used to ride SECRET GESTURE out at home a lot for Ralph Beckett
What time do you get up in the morning most days and what would be your average kind of day ?
Up at 5.30am every day, ride out for my boss George Margarson and do usually stable duties unless i’m racing.
Which stables do you work for or ride out at the moment
I work full time at George Margarson
Who are your best mates in the weighing room ?
I get on well with everyone
What’s the worst part of the job !
What hobbies or sports do you like to watch or play away from racing ?
Love watching the F1, snooker and greyhound racing
Favourite food and drink
Love going for a Sunday roast each week
Favourite TV and Film & Music
Don’t watch too much other than racing
Which course would you like to ride a winner at this year (even if you’ve already ridden a win there)
Would love to ride a winner at Ascot especially for the boss
Any thoughts on AW racing
The all weather track surfaces can vary but it’s always key to get a good position at all of the tracks
If you were put in charge of racing for one day what changes would you make ?
I would give a little bit more prize money to the lower level racing
What are your ambitions for the near future
To ride at least two winners each month
Can you give readers a horse to follow for 2018
I’d probably say a horse to follow for next season would be GEMBARI trained by Ivan Furtado, who I won on just before Christmas in a Chelmsford Nursery, when he seemed to improve for stepping up in trip and headgear
Big thanks and my appreciation to Jane for her time and best of luck for 2018