Welcome

Hello and welcome to the website of former champion Jockey Kevin Darley.

Here you will find details of my current role with Qatar and Pearl Bloodstock, information about my riding career, Jockey Coaching and other activities that I have been involved in within the racing industry since retiring from race riding in 2007.

Please enjoy browsing through the site and if you need any further information don’t hesitate to get in touch.

ABOUT

My racing career spanned some 31 years, having had my first ride in public back in 1976. I was Apprentice to Staffordshire based Trainer Reg Hollinshead who was renowned for turning out top class apprentices, many of whom went on to be very successful professional Jockeys. At the age of 18 I became Champion Apprentice riding 71 winners. I went on to be Champion Jockey in 2000 and hung up my boots and retired from the saddle in 2007. There were many highs and lows along the way, but I can say in all honesty that I wouldn’t have changed a minute of it.To read the full story of my riding career click here.

After retiring from the saddle I took up the position of Industry Liaison Director in 2008 with the Professional Jockeys Association (PJA) based in Newbury, who are the body representing all professional Jockeys. I took over as the Chief Executive Officer in 2009 until 2012, working with the industries other stakeholders to promote, protect and represent the interests of professional jockeys both on and off the racecourse.

After leaving the PJA I was very fortunate to obtain my current role with the Qatar and Pearl Bloodstock racing team as their Northern Representative.

QATAR RACING

I am currently working for Qatar Bloodstock and Pearl Bloodstock. Qatar Bloodstock is the bloodstock investment subsidiary of Qipco Holdings. Qipco recently announced the biggest sponsorship in British racing with their investment securing prize money at Ascot, Newmarket and throughout the British Champions Series until 2024.

My role is to assist in the management of the horses Qatar/Pearl have in training with trainers based in the North of England. This involves liaising with these trainers and others, and reporting back to David Redvers our Racing Manager. My role also involves working closely with the rest of the team based at Tweenhills Stud in Gloucestershire.

For further information on Qatar/Pearl Bloodstock click here to visit the website.

JOCKEY COACHING

The Jockey Coaching program was initiated by the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) in 2012. Several retired Jockeys, including myself, took up the opportunity to gain a EQL qualification in the Coaching of Jockeys. Working with some of our young up and coming Jockeys on their technical and professional skills is very rewarding. This gives me the chance to share some of my experience, which will hopefully help them sustain a long and successful career in the saddle.

I also work closely on certain projects and courses run through the Northern Racing College (NRC) based in Doncaster. The college provides an excellent starting point for many young people wanting to forge a career in racing.  All the team at the NRC do an excellent job and my main role as a Jockey Coach at the college is to lead the Apprentice and Category A Amateur riders license courses. This is the mandatory process all licensed riders have to go through before they can be recommended for a license to ride under the rules of racing.

The British Horse Racing Authorities Recruitment and Training Department, in collaboration with the British Racing School in Newmarket and the Northern Racing College, are constantly trying to develop and improve the training available to all young riders coming into the sport. Having experience as a Jockey and in many other spheres of the industry, I continue to contribute into any new projects and initiatives they want to introduce going forward.

Jockey Coaching
Jockey Coaching
Jockey Coaching

ON THE RACECOURSE

As I still ride out regularly, the excuse to brush the dust off the breeches and boots occasionally comes along when I am asked to ride in charity races. These type of races are becoming ever more popular and I am always willing to support and take part whenever I can as all the proceeds raised through these races go to some really worthwhile charities such as The Injured Jockeys Fund, Racing Welfare and Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

Over the past few years I have been seen on the racecourse during the Go Racing In Yorkshire Festival, which this year is 18th-26th July. During the festival I do my best to help the public to pick a few winners through a brief paddock analysis before every race. One thing I’ve learnt through doing this is that it was a lot easier to ride winners, than it is to tip them!

CAREER STATS

First ride – Brighton Jet – R Hollinshead Leicester August 1976

First winner – Dust Up –R Hollinshead  Haydock  5th August 1977

Champion Apprentice – 1978 – 71 Winners

First pattern winner – Borushka – R F Johnson Houghton  Doncaster Park Hill Sts Doncaster 1984

First Gr1 winner – River North – Lady Herries Gelsenkirchen  Arol Pokal (Ger) 1994

First English classic – Bollin Eric – T Easterby  2002 St Ledger Doncaster

Total British winners – 2431

Champion Jockey – 2000

CONTACT

If you would like any more information on anything that I am involved in please do not hesitate to contact me.

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