The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the fortitude that whether we win or lose.
From Navan in County Meath, 25-year-old jockey Danny Hand grew up around thoroughbreds, from a very young-age his family kept a few at home and he always had a keen interest in them – being a jockey was always the plan.
Hand added to our discussion; “Sure, I know nothing only horses. They have been good to me, and the actuality I am now making a wage from them is a perfect situation for me – I know I am a lucky fella”. We put the question to Hand what was his most unforgettable success so far in his career? He responded; “They are all notable in their own right though if I had to pin-point a few that stand out to me it would have to be winning three races on the Dermot McLoughlin trained Dromore lad, that was some training performance by McLoughlin, and what I recall the horse was fairly small in stature nevertheless he was real warrior at the finish”.
It is well documented Jockeys have to tolerate serious abuse from arm-chair pundits online, surely this element of things puts more pressure on riders piloting fancied horses?, Hand answered; “You have a job to do, and you can only do the best you can. I can only answer for my-self, I don’t get nervous or heed any abuse, I just keep my head down and try to achieve the best results possible”.
Apart from horses how does this hard-working young man relax? Hand answered with a smile; “I don’t do much in my life that doesn’t involve racehorses – there is always something to be at still I love what I do and wouldn’t have it any other way. Being a jockey is a dream come true for me”. Is there any particular horse that Hand feels are readers should be keeping a good eye out for? He responded quickly; “I rode a mare called Delvino trained by Dermot McLoughlin, I finished second place on her in a strong bumper in Navan and she won on St Patrick’s day at Down royal racecourse – I believe she is a little special”.