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Successful Jockey Jane Elliott is part of the Main Event at Chester Racecourse

“Chester Racecourse – the buzz of it, even down the back straight, the racing is so close to the action,” explained jockey Jane Elliott, as she recollected winning races on the Roodee during the Summer months of 2019.  Chatting with Jane, after she had ridden two horses on the all-weather track at Newcastle Racecourse in mid-December, she told Jan Green, Racing Correspondent, that “you have to keep trying and riding for other trainers.”  Like Chester Racecourse, Jane’s story continues.

Jane is now part of the team at Manor House Stables, near Chester where successful trainer Tom Dascombe is based.  “Looking back at 2019, Tom’s owners love Chester Racecourse – the May meeting is the Main Event for the yard.  All the owners want to go there and have a runner – and it’s even better if they have a winner! I couldn’t believe how much Chester Racecourse is talked about at the stables.  It was brilliant riding winners there,” said Elliot.

She added: “From a jockey’s perspective, the weighing room and the facilities at Chester Racecourse are fantastic.  Jockeys travel far and wide and it’s great to have couches in there, it’s somewhere to sit and relax after riding.  With the food, drink and level of information for the jockeys, I’ve been really impressed.”

Physical fitness is important for jockeys.  Jane explained: “There’s a lot more emphasis on nutrition and fitness now.  Holly Doyle, who’s been breaking records for female jockeys is dedicated in the gym, we sometimes work with each other and pick up new exercises.  It’s important to target the correct muscle groups for riding horses.”

The hard work has paid off as Jane has ridden over 30 winners in 2019 including Sha La La La Lee at the prestigious Chester Racecourse May Meeting.  Looking ahead to 2020, Jane’s target is to ride 40 winners and get more rides at the bigger meetings.  She believes: “Racing is good for me – it has to be good for the public when they go too.”

Jane recalls: “My mother taught me to ride, she is mad keen on racing.  She was a member of the Elite Racing Club and took me along to watch the horses.”

Living in Lincoln Jane’s local tracks were Southwell, Market Rasen and Doncaster, she added: “I always wanted to be a jockey from the age of 12 and I rode in a couple of pony races without any great success.”

Praising her time at the Northern Racing College, Jane remembers: “It was excellent, I was there for a couple of months, but you go into a job and I was lucky, I went to Ralph Beckett and was there for three years, where I got my licence to ride.”

Jane has ensured her story continues by gaining experience in Newmarket and getting her first winner at Southwell.  Looking ahead she said: “2020 will be my first full year without a claim, I’ll be part of Tom’s team for rides and hopefully more winners at Chester Racecourse, it’s been a big stepping-stone for me!”

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