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You turned professional last June and you’re the only UK lady professional with a dual licence, how do the disciplines differ? Riding on the flat makes you a lot sharper, you think you’re going fast over jumps until you get on the Flat and you realise the difference! I actually really enjoy going jumping as it’s slower and I can use the experience gained on the Flat to help my riding over jumps. The jump racing is where my roots are, but I really enjoy riding on the Flat as it’s a different style of riding. My weight means that I’m better suited to the Flat now, but I have a dual licence so I can carry on with the jumping. I’m really lucky, as it’s tough, when I turned Professional I had to prove that there was going to be a demand for my services as a jockey. You’ve just enjoyed a brief period working in the US... I’ve been riding in America over jumps for nine times Champion Steeplechase trainer Jack Bishop – it was a great opportunity. I went out in the end of September for the Autumn season. My first ride was in a Grade 1 event, which I would never get to do in the UK and at the second meeting I rode, I had my first winner there, so it’s been really good as it’s very, very different to UK jump racing. They have timber racing, though not as big as the Maryland Hunt Cup, which I was lucky enough to ride in a few years back. The regular jump racing has fences that are bigger than a British hurdle but smaller than a fence. They roll them on to the track, they are not

fixed. The timber fences do break if you hit them hard enough, but it is a different riding style. This isn’t your first experience riding Purebred Arabians is it? My first time was when I was invited to ride in the HH Sheikha Fatima race in 2013 in Poland, where I finished about fifth or sixth. I also rode at Newbury that year in a Wathba Stud Farm Cup Premier Handicap finishing in about the same position, but that was through my agent in England who got me the ride. Tell me about winning the HH Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak Ladies race in Bahrain this year... I absolutely loved Bahrain, it was an amazing experience to ride out there. I was actually coming back from an injury having been off for around six weeks. I was only just contemplating race riding again when the opportunity came up, so I was glad that I had been getting back to race fitness before I went out. Riding for Alan Smith was fantastic. He has a great sense of humour! I went down to his yard the day before the race to meet him and had a look round. He was really helpful, he told me plenty about the horse, so I knew what to expect and we had a good plan. The horse broke nicely and it was a real nice tough little horse. The track was really good, the turf was amazing considering it is such a hot country, they do a great job there. It’s a fabulous course with a nice long straight, it rides really well.

THE ARABIAN RACEHORSE

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The Arabian Racehorse Issue 20  

The only regular digital publication to give full coverage of all the Arabian Racing Organisation fixtures and single races in the UK.

The Arabian Racehorse Issue 20  

The only regular digital publication to give full coverage of all the Arabian Racing Organisation fixtures and single races in the UK.