Following Kauto Star’s sensational third consecutive victory in the King George VI at Kempton on 26 December 2008, Eimear Chance catches up with his jockey – the ‘man of the moment’…
Ruby Walsh and Kauto Star before their victory in the Stan James King George VI race in 2007
What has been your favourite win of your career?
It would have to be when I won the 2000 Grand National on Papillion trained by my father Ted. I was only 20, I had just come back from injury and it meant a lot winning a national for my dad.
How do you celebrate a big winner?
It depends on what is happening the next day, if there is racing than I can’t do a lot. If there is no racing than we go out for dinner and a few drinks with friends.
How do you relax after a bad day at the races?
I try to leave it behind me at the racecourse; I go home, watch TV and talk to my wife Gillian.
Do you find it hard juggling your career between Ireland and England
No, the horses I ride have a good hold of things. Luckily, the major races in England are on a Saturday and then on a Sunday in Ireland, as long as that goes on I’ll be okay. The only problem I have is when flights are delayed.
Do you envisage taking over the reins from your father as a trainer one day?
It depends, I think I could manage the training, it would be the socialising and dealing with the owners that I am not sure that I could manage.
Who do you most admire in the sport?
AP McCoy, he is great ambassador for the sport.