CRAIG'S RECENT TRACKER WINNERS: DULAS 6/1, DELTA'S ROYALTY 4/6, PRINCE KAYF 40/1 (FB PAGE), ELEON 15/2, 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...

Tuesday, 12 November 2019

James Given Talks Racing And Meeting The Queen


Based in the village of Willoughton in Lincolnshire since April 1999, James Given has some great winners to his name including Wunders Dream who was a stable star in her own right. Wunders Dream went on to win the Molecomb Stakes and the Flying Childers in what was a great 2-year-old career. Hugs Dancer another stable star who won the Ebor Handicap and the following year won the Chester Cup. The list of big winners James has had goes on and on. It wasn't just in England as James travelled far and wide for success and Jessica’s Dream was the filly to do it with Group 3 wins in Ireland and Italy. 

James, have you always been involved in horse racing? 

No, I started working in racing when I went to work for Mark Johnston as his resident Vet and Assistant in Feb 1995.

If you weren’t a trainer what would you have done? 

Well, I worked as a Vet before and during my time working in racing so that’s what I would have continued with. 

What keeps you motivated on those cold winter mornings to keep going? 

The next winner and seeing how the yearlings are developing. 

If you could train any horse in history who would it be and why? 

Frankel. He is the best horse that has ever raced and the challenges that Sir Henry Cecil overcame to guide the horse through his spectacular career and all the problems I would relish trying to emulate. 

Do you have a favourite horse in the yard? 

The good ones are always favourites, but currently, the lowish rated Blyton Lass has just got her hat trick up and has won 5 races in total, so far. She is such a trier and any horse who tries as hard as her is always a favourite. 

What's been the highlight of your career so far? 

Not a result of a race but having lunch at Windsor Castle and sitting next to the Queen, a remarkable woman and an extraordinary experience. 

A typical day in the life of James Given? 

No 2 days are ever the same, however, the yard starts at 7.00am, getting 3 lots out, a coffee break, 2 more lots out, doing entries and declarations during this time and usually quite a number of phone calls to owners updating them and discussing plans. Grab a sandwich and set off to the races. Hopefully celebrating a good run then home, catching up on the evening stables report and doing the list for tomorrow. Increasingly there is more racing in the evening so either attending this or discussing the race on the phone with the owners. And finally, to bed before it all starts again tomorrow! 

What do you do to relax when you finally get the time? 

Golf and cooking. 

If you could win any race before you retired, what would it be? 

The Melbourne Cup. 

Any dark horses for the All-weather that my readers can follow? 

She is not a dark horse but I don’t think she has finished winning yet, Blyton Lass. 

A big thank you to James Given for answering questions for my blog and good luck for the future.

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