We recently had the privilege of an exclusive interview with inform Irish born jockey David Nolan, who is now plying his career successfully in the UK.
Nolan is an in-demand freelance jockey, who is frequently booked by leading trainers Richard Fahey and David O’Meara, also leading owner Marwan Koukash is a keen supporter of this hard working jockey.
How did you get involved in horse racing?
I was born not too far away from the Curragh racecourse, so I was always surrounded by horse racing from as far back as I can recall, also my family always owned ponies. Getting involved in the sport was always inevitable.
What is your most memorable victory?
I would say riding my first listed winner at York racecourse, on Hits only vic for trainer Declan Carroll was one memorable success to-date however every victory is special for different reasons.
What are you ambitions?
Obviously staying healthy and remain competitive is my main ambitions, being a jockey is a hard job and you must always stay on top of your game, as your only as good as your last winner.
How do you handle pressure?
I honestly think I handle pressure pretty well, having to sweat is a good distraction if I am stressed however I generally try not getting tensed up, I continuously try my best and hope the results go my way.
How do you deal with online trolling?
The internet trolling situation has absolutely no effect on me, as I have no time for people who abuse either trainers or jockey, they are adding 1 +1 and getting 4 however some things are never going to change, its perhaps best not to dwell on the negatives and focus on the positives.
Give us a horse to follow?
The Richard Fahey trained, Gabriel the wire, looks to be a talented horse, capable of winning a few races this year, judging by his previous efforts.
How do you unwind away from racing?
I enjoy the odd game of golf however they are getting far and few in between, as I now have my young son jack to look after, he gets all of my spare time , though I wouldn’t have it any other way.