Langholm’s 26-year-old jockey Jamie Gormley is just two winners short of becoming professional.
Jamie rode at Espom at the weekend in the Epsom Dash and also in the final race. In the Dash he came 4th riding Eeh Bah Gum, a horse owned by Lena and Nick Rhodes and trained by Tim Easterby.
This race is the fastest five-furlong race in the UK and probably in the world and is downhill until the last 100 yards. It’s open to horses aged three years or older. Last year Jamie came fifth in this race.
He also came fifth on Saturday in the final race, riding a horse called Blaine for Brian Barr. Jamie said: “It was good to be there on Derby day.”
Jamie works for Iain Jardine Racing at Carrutherstown and starts there every morning at 6.30am. After mucking out he begins riding at around 7.30am and exercises about five horses daily for about forty minutes each.
Jamie has had 93 winners since October 2016 and was riding a horse called “Is He Bay Or Grey” on Tuesday night at Newcastle and came in third.
He said: “It’s hard work but I enjoy it. I got back home from Epsom on Sunday morning at 12.30am and was back in work before 7am to muck out and ride.”
Jamie is sponsored by Buck Racing of Langholm who help him buy his kit. Their logo is on the side of his breeches. Asked if he has any ambitions Jamie said: “I don’t set goals for myself – I just aim to improve and be the best I can be. Any winners on top are a bonus.”
Last year Jamie spent a month in Dubai looking after Iain Jardine’s horse Marnie James. He said
“It was a lovely experience – there are first class places for the horses and I had my own apartment. It was a bit of a culture change though. The race course there is out of this world, with a stand of a mile long which has a swimming pool on the roof. There’s no betting in Dubai.”
Once Jamie becomes professional, he goes down to having no weight allowance at all but despite that he is clearly looking forward to achieving that status.