CRAIG'S RECENT TRACKER WINNERS: ELEON 15/1, CELESTRAN 9/4, ORIENTAL MYSTIQUE 4/1, BYE BYE LADY 3/1, KING LEONIDA 13/8, DONNYBROOK 4/11, AL RUFAA 11/2, ALL YOU WISH 33/1, ANASTARSIA 3/1, CONVICT 6/4, GRAVITY FORCE 8/1, THEOTHERSIDE 33/1, NIGHT COLOURS 7/1, PLYMOUTH ROCK 11/4, POCKET SQUARE 9/4, PANIC ROOM 5/2, BAND PRACTICE 11/4, CAPE PALACE 4/11, PALACE PIER 11/8, IT'S GOOD TO LAUGH 8/13, ROMAN VISION 5/4, HURAIZ 2/1, ROYAL CRUSADE 5/6, VALKAN STAR 1/3, FESTIVE START 7/2, IMPRESSOR 13/8, SURF DANCER 4/7, MASTER MCGRATH 13/8, ESHAASY 13/8, PERSUASION 16/1, PASSION FOR FASHION 3/1, ANGEL OF DELIGHT 12/1, LAZULI 11/10, TAMMANI 9/2, COBRA EYE 15/8, MORISCO 6/1, ETHIC 4/6, ABSTEMIOUS 11/8, BOOMER 3/1, SEIZE THE TIME 2/1, TREBLE TREBLE 9/2, NASAIYM 6/4, DARK LADY 11/10, FLEETING PRINCE 11/10, WELL OF WISDOM 3/1, DR SIMPSOM 4/5, HOT TOUCH 7/2, MAN OF THE NIGHT 4/6, SO SHARP 11/10, IFFRAAZ 7/4, BILL NEIGH 13/8, DRAMATIC SANDS 6/4, DRAGON COMMAND 5/1, MIA DIVA 8/1, RAAHY 5/6, LINCOLN BLUE 7/2, HOMESPIN 6/4, FRED 10/1, PINATUBO 3/1, KING'S COMMAND 2/1, ETON COLLEGE 11/2, SHAMMAH 2/1, BIG CITY 5/1, THREAT 14/1, GOOD VIBES 11/1, MISTY GREY 14/1, ROSE OF KILDARE 6/5, RAYONG 7/2, LORD OF THE LODGE 8/1, WAR STORM 7/2, IFFRAAZ 4/1, OCASIO CORTEZ 7/4...

Thursday, 17 October 2019

Apprentice Jockey Poppy Bridgwater Talks Racing And Goats


Poppy Bridgwater is a young apprentice jockey going places. The 21-year-old is apprentice jockey to David Simcock and rides regularly for Tony Carroll. Poppy has struck up a good relationship with Toni’s Star winning three times on her. The daughter of David Bridgwater looks to have a great future ahead and answer a few questions about her career to date.

Poppy, have you always been involved in horse racing? 

My dad is a trainer, so I was always involved with racing from a young age... I have ridden since I was a child and was very into my showjumping as a teenager. I got the bug for racing when I went to the Cheltenham festival to watch the Giant Bolster run in the Gold Cup... but it wasn’t until my mum rode in a charity race at Cheltenham that I would thought, id quite like to do that! 

At what age did you become a jockey? 

I was 16 when I rode as an amateur, my dad trains mainly jumps horses, but he was very good at finding me horses to have a spin round on. I was 18 when I got my apprentice licence, after having my first ride as an amateur on Engai, that was it, I was fully focused and all I wanted to do was race ride. 

You have ridden some nice winners over the years do you have a favourite? 

I have enjoyed every single winner I’ve had in a different way, they’re all special to me. My first winner is one I’ll never forget, it was a fantastic day for me and my dad. Winning the Brighton Bullet on Pour La Victoire was a very special day too, I’ve won 4 on that horse and we had a very good partnership. But I’d have to say riding a winner at Ascot on She Believes for Sylvester Kirk was the most important to me. It came at just the right time and nothing can beat Ascot! 

If you weren't riding horses what would you have done? 

I think if I wasn’t riding in races I’d go into showjumping. If not I’d love to have worked with animals.

If you could ride any horse in history who would it be? 

A horse called Dargo my dad trained. Won with Jason weaver by a distance... wouldn’t mind a winner that easy! Or I’d absolutely love to have sat on Cue Card, or Hurricane Fly, two of my favourite jumps horses. 

What is your goal for the future? 

Just keep chipping away, hopefully, ride a few winners on the AW! Been a bit quiet this year, so hopefully, pick things back up. 

What do you like doing in your spare time?

I love running or anything sporty, but in my spare time, I like spending time at home with the goats and dogs.. if I’m not there I’ll be shopping with friends. 

What does the day in the life of a jockey involve? 

A typical day for me is wake up at 5.30, ride out as many lots as I can, if I’m racing head off to the races sometimes you can be driving up to 6 hours a day, have a run around the track and ride. If I’m not racing, do evening stables and go to the gym. 

Do you get time off to go out and hit the town or do you have to be strict all the time? 

If I’m not working at the weekend I can go out. I tend to go home and see my family on the weekends so wouldn’t go for nights out very often. 

Any horses for my readers to look out for over the coming months? 

I quite like a filly I ride called Lady Tati. She goes nicely at home, just see if she takes it to the track. I also like a horse I rode first time out called Morlaix, over a trip I think he’ll be a nice horse. 

Last but not least tell me about your goats. 

I have 4 goats... my favourite and probably the most well-known one is called Libby. She’s a pygmy goat, we got her from a petting zoo, she was the first goat I ever had and I definitely fell in love with them. I’d almost go as far as saying I’d choose a goat over a dog as a companion! Absolutely love them. They are so full of character and energy! 

A big thank you to Poppy for taking the time to answer questions for my blog and good luck for the future.

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