INTERVIEW WITH CIAN MACREDMOND

 

cian red.jpgWe recently caught up with apprentice jockey Cian MacRedmond. who is based with leading trainer Willie McCreery.

Tell us about yourself?

My name is Cian MacRedmond and I am 16 years old. I am an apprentice jockey based with Willie McCreery and I am still in school. My achievements are riding my first winner on my first ride at the Curragh on Sweetest Taboo.

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How did you get into racing?

I got into racing from my dad Mark who is a vet in Anglesey Lodge Equine Hospital on the Curragh. When I was younger I went into work with him every Sunday and I loved going around with him to all the racing yards and stud farms and from there I went to a riding school and then when I turned 11 I went into Willie McCreery’s on a Sunday morning to help and everything just progressed from there really.

What would you change about Irish racing?

 A change to Irish racing I would like to see is to have more flat meetings during the summer months.

Have you ever suffered abuse from trolls online?

Yes, I have got abuse online from trolls after my first win. I think some punters had their money on the horse that finished 2nd!

If you weren’t a jockey what would you have been?

If I wasn’t a jockey I would probably like to do something with horses. Probably something to do with the breeding side of horses like a stud farm manager or something along those lines. Non horse related I would like to be a farmer

How do you stay in shape?

I stay in shape by riding out in the mornings whenever I’m not in school. I play a lot of football with my local team Milltown. I also have hunters at home that I would ride every day and I would also go running with my dogs most days too.

Aims for the future

 My aims for the future would be to get a good result in my Leaving Cert next year and hope to get into Equine Business in Maynooth University. I also hope to get as many rides and winners as I possibly can in the meantime.

Give us a horse to follow?

 My horse to follow is ‘Mantracker’ trained by Willie. He’s a nice 2-year-old colt that won his maiden nicely in Killarney last week. He’s a gent to work with and he has got a lovely attitude and I think he’s a horse that’s going places.

How do you unwind outside horse racing?

Outside of racing I would unwind by walking my dogs or by golfing.

Life motto?

My life motto is “work hard in silence and let the success do the talking”.