Welcome to Part 5 of Rising Stars.
Please welcome Jack Osborn, who is Apprentice with John Ryan. Jack hails from Newmarket and has had the pleasure of the company of Sir Henry Cecil and Frankel. I will leave Jack to explain….
Can you tell us about yourself please?
My name is Jack Osborn. I am 22 years old and I lived and grown up in Newmarket. I attended the British Racing School during a 2 year, once a day course when I was in school so I learning my part of the trade through that.
How did your interest in Racing begin?
Ever since I can remember I used to watch racing everyday. My father has always been part of the game looking after some very good horses so he’s always pushed me forward into it. Even as a child, I knew I wanted to be a jockey.
Can you tell us about your Journey into Racing?
My journey started going to the yard and watching everything that was going on with my dad even before I had learnt to ride. During my course at the Racing School, I was lucky enough to have the Legendary Sir Henry Cecil helping my career. Sir Henry let me come into the yard to help out with mucking out and before I knew it was riding 3 lots on a Saturday for him. During school hours I would go in and do 1 lot in the morning and back in the evening after I had finished. My dedication has stuck ever since.
Can you tell us about your First Winner?
My first winner was at Chelmsford on the 7th November 2015 on a filly called Name that Toon for Derek Shaw. We Jumped and made the running over 5f, winning by a nose. It was a great feeling.
Do you have any season targets? and what are your ambitions for the Future?
For the season ahead I would like to be able to lose my 7 lb claim and work my way through my 5 lb claim for the season going into the winter season.
My ambition for the future is to hopefully be in the running to be champion apprentice or even better be champion jockey.
Who has inspired you?
From Tony McCoy showing his pure dedication to Mick Kinane but the one person who has truly inspired me to pursue my career is the late, great Sir Henry Cecil for helping me so much through the early part of my career.
If you could ride ANY horse PAST or PRESENT, who would it be and why?
No question it has to be Frankel, the best in the world. I was lucky enough to have had the chance to lead him on a canter up Warren Hill in the early days.
And finally, can you give our readers a couple of horses to follow for the future?
Enable would be the top. Class filly and really looking forward to what she has to offer this year.
Mendelssohn for definite after watching him win the group 2 on World Cup night by a margin. He looks a colt with bags of speed and really looking forward to seeing Aiden O’ Brien has instore with him for the year.
I would like to thank Jack for his time and wish him all the best, not only for this season but for the future ahead.
Interview by Rich Williams
Photo’s of Jack – Supplied by Jack Osborn.