We are delighted to bring you another addition to our Rising Stars series…
Please welcome Thore Hammer Hansen, the Apprentice with Richard Hannon has recently reduced his claim to 5Lb and is looking to lose it by the end of the year….
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself please and when you were younger, did you always want to be a Jockey or did you look at other careers?
My name is Thore Hammer Hansen I am originally from Cologne, Germany. Born 17 October 1999. Growing up I always aspired to be like my father Lennart Hammer Hansen who rode over 1,000 winners during his career, including 4 derbys and a group 1.
Although he had an outstanding career he currently trains back home in Germany. So yes I have always wanted to have a successful career riding, there has never been an alternative.
What training route did you take to become an apprentice?
The training route I took started out at home, riding out for small local trainers and then with an amateur license riding for my father when he started training. I went onto Andre Fabre in Chantilly, France to progress my riding and overall knowledge for horses, which was an amazing experience before I came over to Richard Hannon in September 2017 and got my apprentice license in January 2018.
How did the job with Richard Hannon come about?
I got the job at Richard Hannon Racing through William Buick, who is friends with my father and also originates from Scandinavia. He recommended Richard Hannon to be a great place for apprentices, of which I am grateful as it has opened many opportunities for me.
You have recently reduced your claim to 5Lb, what was your favourite winner to date?
I have had many special moments and some good winners so far and I appreciate every one of them but I think my winner on Rouge on the day of The Coral Eclipse in 2018 would be my favorite to date, a day I won’t forget in a while.
To ride a winner in front of such a big crowd was amazing and especially on a horse with his character.
Do you set a target per season and would you like to lose your claim or become Champion Apprentice?
This seasons target is to reduce my claim to 3lb and whatever comes on top of that would be a great bonus. My biggest dream is to become champion apprentice if it comes true is written in the stars, but I have been working really hard over the winter to get closer to that dream.
What are your aims for the future? And if you could pick one Classic to win, which would it be?
My aim for the future is to be the first jockey to a big yard or owner and ride as many winners as possible. I think it’s every jockeys biggest wish to ride a classic winner but for me the Derby is the one race I would like to win the most, as I see it as the ultimate race.
If you could ride any horse PAST or PRESENT, who would it be & why?
If I could pick any horse to ride it would have to be Frankel he is the best horse I have ever seen, the way he won the Guineas made him look a different class, giving the best performance I have ever seen in a race.
Finally, can you give our readers a horse to follow for the flat season ahead?
We have many promising young horses for this season, but Walkinthesand is the one horse in the yard that has caught my eye. He has grown a lot stronger over the winter and will only improve throughout the season.
We would like to thank Thore for this time and wish him all the best for the season and the future ahead. We look forward to seeing him in the winners enclosure and the future looks bright for this Rising Star….
Interview by Rich Williams
Photos courtesy of Thore Hammer Hansen(Except Frankel-File)