Chepstow Legends Charity Race Jockeys Line up - 2018
'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.
Seamus enjoyed considerable success as a National Hunt jockey, being among the top riders for over a decade and regularly achieving 40-50 wins a season from around 400 rides.
He retired in 2010 and started training racehorses from his base in Lambourn from 2011.
Dominic rode approx. 450 winners in a career spanning 17 years retiring three years ago. Yorkshire-born, Elsworth primarily worked for Sue and Harvey Smith for 10 years before moving down south and riding for trainers such as Henrietta Knight and Oliver Sherwood.
Big race winners included the hugely popular Mister McGoldrick in the Cheltenham Festival Racing Post Plate and Somersby in the Grade One Victor Chandler Chase at Ascot. Since retirement, Dominic has worked as a jockey coach and in the pharmaceuticals industry.
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.
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.
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.
One of the most talented racehorse riders of his generation. He is one of the elite band of jockeys to have ridden over 1000 winners over jumps. As well as the Grand National in 2008 on Comply or Die, he won both the Scottish (twice) and the Irish Grand Nationals, the Hennessy Cognac Gold Cup, the Arkle and the Paddy Power Gold Cup (twice). In 2015, he switched to the flat for the last few years of his 24 year career, retiring in May 2018.
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.
Andrew Thornton rode 1,007 winners in the UK during his 28 year career, a very successful jockey who was one of the first to wear contact lenses racing, earning himself the nickname 'Lensio'. He won six Grade 1 winners including the Cheltenham Gold Cup on Cool Dawn 1998, the Tolworth Hurdle with French Holly and the King George VI Chase in 1997 on See More Business, he won both the Scottish Grand National and the Hennessy Gold Cup with Gingembre and the Welsh Grand National for Robert Alner on Miko De Beauchene in 2017. Andrew retired from racing on June 6th this year.