From Red Rum to AP McCoy – Danny Cook tells all

Danny Cook
Danny Cook

Hi Danny, thanks for talking to us at 3 Furlongs Out. I am really pleased to have finally landed this interview with you!

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1 – Can you tell us your 1st memory of racing?

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My 1st memory was watching BobbyJo win the Grand National in 1999. Ultimately the year after I joined the racing school.

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2 – Did you always want to be a Jockey & how did it come about?

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I didn’t always want to be a jockey but wanted to do something sporty and when I was 16 I went to the careers office and they showed me how I could get into racing.

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3 – Can you tell us your 1st winner & your most memorable winner?L

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My 1st winner was a horse called Debbie for Barry Leavy at Hereford.
Most memorable winner would be Great Endeavour at the Cheltenham festival.

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4 – What does is a normal working day for Danny Cook compared to a race day?

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Get up at 5:30, ride out then come home and have a bath then have an afternoon run and try and spend some time with my family. On a race day I get up 5:30, ride out, head to the races hopefully ride a winner get home around 7ish. Have dinner then early night.

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5 – What is your favourite track to ride & why?

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Catterick as it’s a great front runners track and suits my style of riding.

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6 – Did you have any racing hero’s when you were growing up?

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I always followed Norman Williamson and AP McCoy and Red Rum, always loved watching his races of previous GN.

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7 – What has been your favourite horse you have ridden to date?

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My heart is with Our Vic and my brain is with Definitely Red as he’s potentially the best I’ve ever rode.

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8 – What motivates Danny Cook & do you set yourself targets?

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The fear of other people riding my horses and the chance they could win on them.Always try and set targets month by month but ultimately get 50 winners by end of year.

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9 – Who are the weighing room jokers & who is more likely to put an arm around you?

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Mattie Bachelor is always the joker. Brian Harding was always the one to put his arm around you.

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10- How do you relax away from racing?

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Spending time with my family. Playing with my children and relaxing in the bath and lazy day into front of the television.

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11 – If you could ride any horse PAST or Present, who would it be & why?

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Red Rum because I’d love to win a grand national.

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Red Rum

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& Finally…..

Can you give us a couple of horses to follow for the season?

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Vintage Clouds
Cracking Find
Definitely Red
Sams Adventure

Interview by Rich Williams – 3 Furlongs Out & Arseonline

Images supplied by Danny Cook. We would like to thank him for his time and supplying the images. All the best for the season ahead