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Weight : 9-0, Height : 5'5", Date of Birth : 26 April 1978

I first started going racing with my Dad when I was about 10 years old, he had been a spectator at race meetings for over 30 years. I soon decided I would like to try riding horses so I had lessons at a local riding school in Chiswell Green, Hertfordshire.

I enjoyed riding so much that I soon started working at the riding school at the weekends, earning free rides. I continued to work there until I had my GCSE exams at the age of 16. I stayed on at school for another two years to complete my A-levels.

I still wanted to be a jockey after leaving school, so I attended the British Racing School in Newmarket. They run a nine week course which teaches you how to work in a racing yard. From there, I went to work for the Newmarket flat trainer, Stuart Williams, I worked there for 18 months before moving to Martin Pipe's National Hunt yard. I worked as a stable lad for Mr Pipe for a year and a half until he granted me a Conditional jockeys licence and I race rode for a total of three years.

I had my first ride at Warwick on the 4th March 2000, on Gray Pastel in a 2 mile handicap hurdle. We finished 2nd, the first time Gray Pastel had been placed in over 2 years. I have had 99 rides and 5 winners, with my first winner being Treasure Chest, at Warwick, winning by 6 lengths. My second winner was at Taunton, on Big Wheel, at 25/1 on the 18th January 2001. My third was on Treasure Chest again and this time we won by 21 lengths. In 2001/02 season I had 2 winners, on the same horse, Intox III. For more information on any of my rides have a look at the rides page. I finished 5th in the Newton Abbot Racecourse Summer Jockeys Championship 2001 for conditional and amateur jockeys.

Conditional License Course Report:

Attitude, Effort and Commitment : David is a polite well mannered young lad whose attitude, effort and commitment could not be faulted throughout the week.

Riding Ability : David did well during the week. He schooled a variety of horses over hurdles and fences. David listened to instructions and always carried them out. A sensible lad who now needs more race riding experience.

Knowledge and Understanding : David seemed to be a bright lad. His knowledge and understanding were very good. He listened to all the speakers and used his week wisely. This resulted in an excellent test score.

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