We recently caught up with inform jockey Gary Carroll
Tell us about your self?
GARY I’m 27, riding horses all my life, from ponies at a young age to pony racing to thoroughbreds, twice champion apprentice, have ridden over 200 winners
Was being a jockey always your aim?
GARY:My father and grandfather were jockeys ,so it was something I have always wanted to do.
What does your general day consist of doing?
GARY:Being a freelance jockey I spread my time between different stables, it’s hard but I try to facilitate every trainer I ride for. My morning usually begins between 6 – 6.30 every morning where I’m on the road to go to ride out for a stable, I usually need to make it back to the Curragh at some stage to ride work for a different trainer. From there I usually hit the gym before going racing.
What’ your motto in life?
GARY:It’s not easy and there are more bad days than good but keep working hard and you will get your rewards
Favourite horse racing moment?
GARY:Watching Frankel win the guineas, he was awesome that day!
Where is your favourite racecourse?
GARY: The Curragh as it’s my local track and I have enjoyed plenty of success there!.
Outside racing what are your interests?
GARY: During the winter when it is not as busy I enjoy hunting and get out as much as I can!
Horse to watch out for?
GARY: Mr. Scarlet is a high class horse that unfortunately got injured last year, I think this year he will make up for lost time