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Jockey Profile: Ciaran Gethings

My racing career really began as a fresh-faced 16-year-old when I moved to England from Wicklow, Ireland to join Philip Hobbs's yard. I did not think I would last a week without my Mother's cooking and Barry's tea but 10 years on and I think I have finally sussed the English food and taste of Yorkshire tea!

I had many fantastic days with the Hobbs team, including when winning the Grade 3 Swinton Hurdle on my first ride as a conditional jockey. It was a far cry from my first ride as an amateur where I ended up through a wing in a Point-to-point. My pointing days did eventually bear a lot of success. My first ride for Stuart was on Mrs. Robeson's Reyno who I finished second on at Southwell in March 2015 – although he was 11/8 favourite so maybe I should have done better!

Since then, I have been fortunate enough to come across such superstars as Maria’s Benefit and Queenohearts for Stuart who we had great days with. Thankfully, we have been able to continue to build the quality in the yard as seen with such exciting horses as Hometown Boy who I won on at this year’s Aintree Festival.

I am hugely excited about the Stuart Edmunds Racing Club and hope to have much more success for the club members and for the yard. Hopefully, see you all very soon.

Ciaran Gethings has ridden 60 winners trained by Stuart Edmunds including 8 wins with Maria's Benefit.

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