Ahead of the Trainer's Open Day on Monday 26 August, we took the opportunity to get out on the Gallops ourselves to meet the person who oversees the operation.
1. What is your role here at Epsom Downs Racecourse?
Training Grounds Manager for the Epsom Gallops
2. How long have you worked for The Jockey Club?
I’m into my 25th year working for the jockey Club now!
3. What would you say is the best thing about working for The Jockey Club?
Being part of a world-renowned company that strives in providing the best racing and events in the world.
4. What does a typical day at work look like to you?
No two days are the same but generally, it starts between 3:30am and 4:30am. We are governed by the overnight weather and the weather forecast ahead, so we could be watering or salting, or more often than not trying to stop the rain flood the gallops!
5. In your opinion, who is the greatest Derby winner of all time?
While it’s not known to be the best Derby winner in my eyes its Erhaab (1994) which was my first Derby working at Epsom.
6. How did your love of horseracing develop?
It didn’t happen until I started working at Epsom in April 1994 and experiencing the atmosphere with the horses coming past the crowd is something you never get tired off.
7. What one tip would you give someone that has never been horseracing before?
Only bet what you can afford to lose, always look at the horses in the parade ring and above all enjoy the atmosphere.