Ex-Christleton High School pupil Kieran O’Hare has his sights set on being a future champion jockey as he continues his training on the way to becoming a professional.
O’Hare travelled to Ireland to learn the trade from relatives before applying to the Newmarket-based British Racing School.
Having gone through a rigorous training programme, he secured a role in trainer Martin Keighley’s yard in Gloucestershire and wants to ride for a long time.
O’Hare said: “You never stop learning in this game, every horse is different and anything can happen.
“It’s an exciting, dangerous sport but once you’ve got into it you will never want to stop. The more experience the better and you want to try and ride as many horses as you can to benefit yourself in your career.”
O’Hare now works and trains at Keighley’s Condicote Stables where star horses include Solstice Star and Any Currency, who won the Cross Country Chase at the Cheltenham Festival .
O’Hare hopes to follow the path of newly-crowned champion jockey Richard Johnson and believes it takes true sacrifice and skill to become a top level rider.
He said: “I’ve always looked up to Richard Johnson and followed him since the beginning. My dream is become champion jockey and aim to be the best at the game.
“A jockey requires balance, reaction, rhythm, power, strength, stamina and most importantly needs to be fearless of the consequences what might happen."
Having only started riding a year ago, O’Hare has already been given hope that he will soon gain his racing licence.
“I sat on my first horse a year ago, my boss and jockeys themselves have said to me I’ve come a long way in a short space of time and my boss said to me not long ago that he’ll give me my license soon,” said O’Hare.
“I haven’t raced yet but I’ve been offered plenty of rides of owners to ride their horses in a race which makes me feel as though I am believed in but I’ve just got to be patient until I get my license.
“What I am doing now is building loads of contacts and meeting so many people so in the future my name will be known by owners and trainers.”