Chepstow Legends Charity Race Jockeys Line up - 2017
'Brad' rode 731 winners worldwide in a 20 year career, retiring in 1999. A sublimely skilled jockey he won the 1983 Cheltenham Gold Cup on Bregawn and 1996 Champion Hurdle on Collier Bay. No stranger to Chepstow, he won two Welsh Nationals in 1984 on Righthand Man and 1986 on Stearsby. He is perhaps best associated with Wayward Lad on whom he won the 1985 King George VI Chase and whom he chose for the title of his autobiography! Since retirement, Brad has worked as a bloodstock agent.
Sean rode over 150 winners in his career. He started with Paddy Mullins in Ireland, then came to England in 1989. He won the Eider Chase for Johnny Manners on Killshin, who he also rode twice in the Grand National coming 6th and 7th. He retired from racing and started training in 2006. He trained over 70 winners dual purpose, his biggest win being the 2008 Scottish Grand National with Iris de Blame. Sean now works in horse transport.
Jimmy was one of the UK's top jockeys in the 1980's and 90's winning 311 races and riding the top class hurdler Aonoch on whom he won 14 races. He now lives in the US where he is a successful businessman, TV presenter and leading steeplechase analyst.
Rodney, nicknamed 'Pigeon' rode 280 winners, he started as a point to point rider aged 16, he got his nickname after giving one of his first ever rides such a terrible run he was likened to a ‘piece of pigeon s***‘, weighing room colleagues heard the comments and the nickname stuck! His first winner on The Quohee came in 1989 at Chepstow, his biggest success was on Martha's Son in the 1997 Queen Mother Champion Chase. Other big race wins, Stayers Hurdle in 1998 on Princeful and the Scottish National in 1995 on Wilsford. He retired from racing through injury in 2003 when he turned to training for over four years. He now rides out for dual purpose trainer Jamie Snowden.
Jamie won the Hennessy Cognac Gold Cup on Kings Road in 2000 and was Champion Jockey in Jersey in 2012. Since retirement three years ago he has become Assistant Trainer to Martin Keighley and an integral part of their successful team.
Paul retired from race riding in 2004 having partnered over 200 winners, 7 at Grade 1 level and 2 Cheltenham Festival winners in Oh So Risky and Givus A Buck. He won the Christmas Hurdle in 1994 on Absalom's Lady and also partnered Muse to Grade 1 hurdle success at the Cheltenham Festival Trials day in 1993, winning by 25 lengths. He is now Assistant Trainer to David Elsworth, the same person who gave him his conditional licence (just a few years ago!) and based in Newmarket concentrating mainly on the flat.
Paul ventured to Newmarket in 1970 aged 15 weighing 6st7lb with the ambition of being a flat jockey! This was very short lived and he returned to Devon to join David H Barons. Paul rode festival winners on King or Country at Cheltenham and Aintree and a Schweppes Gold Trophy on Bootlaces. After partnering Baron Blakeney to win the Triumph Hurdle in 1981 he then joined M C Pipe as stable jockey riding many winners on horses like Corporal Clinger, Cats Eyes and Right Regent. In all Paul rode nearly 300 winners and retired in 1987. Paul is now Stud Groom at Fonthill Stud.
Charlie rode 149 winners in his fifteen years as a jockey, most of them for Jenny Pitman and Nicky Henderson. 1989 he broke his neck in a fall and retired from racing in the UK. His training career began in 1993 and in 1995 he rode and trained the winner of the Grand Pardubice on It's A Snip. Charlie trains at Neardown, Upper Lambourn.
In 1966 as a very young Cornish boy Sandy left, for the very first time, his beloved Cornwall to be a Lad for Captain Tim Forster in Lambourn. A year later he moved onto David Barons yard in Kingsbridge where he stayed for 8 years. Sandy rode 150 winners with his first win in 1972 on Say Who You Are, probably his best win was on Something's Missing in the Badger Brewery Chase at Wincanton in 1975, but he considers the best horse he ever rode was Uncle Bing. He went onto train for a few years but always wanted to return to his home in Cornwall, where he then rode for Graham Roach. He is now retired but still rides our exercising show jumpers.
A successful jump jockey, Kevin rode more than 360 winners over two decades retiring in 1991. He was attached to the Fulke Walwyn stable riding 19 winners for the Queen Mother as her main jockey between 1984 and 1991, including his thrilling win on Special Cargo in the 1984 Whitbread. Since retirement, Kevin has been Assistant Trainer to first Barry and then Charlie Hills.
Sam rode over 500 winners for some of the country's leading NH trainers. His racing career began at David Evans, but it was at Venetia Williams that his riding career really took off, by the age of 20 he found himself as number one jockey to a 100 strong team of horses. Winners included the Lanzarote hurdle on Limerick Boy and a Midlands National on Kock De La Vesvre.
Sam then became number 2 rider to Champion trainer Paul Nicholls. Here he rode some of the best horses in the country winning on Kauto Star, Big Bucks, What A Friend, Twist Magic and Denman who he rode to victory in the 2007 Hennessey Gold Cup and the 2008 Cheltenham Gold Cup.
Sam now trains at Saxon House Stables.