Thornton on-course for 1000 winners


Amlin World feature:

Andrew Thornton is one of the Amlin Plus sponsored jockeys, an association that has spanned over 10 years. We spoke to Andrew about his background and what keeps him in the saddle, and then asked him a few quick-fire questions.

Jockey Andrew ThorntonGrowing up in County Durham, Andrew started riding out for the late WA Stephenson in the Christmas and Easter breaks when he was just 13. A keen rugby player at school, Andrew chose to follow his passion for riding, leaving behind his desire to play rugby for the nation. Over 940 winners later, he still loves every minute.

“I do a lot of miles and love the day-to-day, up at 6am, riding out, schooling young horses and going to races,” said Andrew. “It’s a challenge and I still enjoy the buzz.”

Motivated to reach his ambition of 1,000 career winners, Andrew has had many career highlights to date. These include winning the Cheltenham Gold Cup on Cool Dawn in 1998, King George VI Chase and the Scottish and Welsh Grand Nationals.

 

What is the best horse you’ve ever ridden? It’s hard to choose a favourite, but I would say Cool Dawn, See More Business and French Holly.

What is your favourite course to ride? Ascot.

Which race would you most like to win? The Grand National, the people’s race.

What is the worst injury you’ve ever suffered? I dislocated my right shoulder and tore all of the tendons and ligaments. Recovery took seven months.

Who is the funniest jockey in the weighing room? Mattie Batchelor, bar none!

Away from racing, what do you do to relax? Play golf.

What is your favourite meal? Roast beef (rare, of course!) and Yorkshire pudding.

If you could invite three celebrities to dinner who would you choose? Alan Shearer, Kevin Keegan and for entertainment Peter Kay.

Amlin World shares in-depth stories about the activities Amlin sponsors and support. Packed with informative articles and exclusive behind-the-scenes coverage, Amlin World showcases everything from sport and the arts, to research and philanthropy. Visit amlinworld.com

Other News


MS Amlin Sponsored Showjumper Tim Stockdale Part 1

November 2017
MS Amlin sponsored showjumper Tim Stockdale features in the first of a series of three ... Read more

Atzeni sets his sights on Breeders’ Cup finale for Decorated Knight

November 2017
Andrea Atzeni has had another fantastic flat racing season – and it could soon get ... Read more

Philip Hobbs, the MS Amlin-sponsored trainer, reveals the secret of producing winners year in, year out

September 2017
Philip Hobbs is one of the most successful national hunt trainers in the United Kingdom. ... Read more

“We want to train for good people for a long time” – Beckett reveals the simple secret of his success

September 2017
Ralph Beckett is one of the country’s top flat trainers and has been associated with ... Read more