Jockey Dougie Costello has ridden a lot for Crowd Racing in the past 6 months, and won on Born To Finish at Kempton at the end of 2017.
Initially a jumps jockey, Dougie now rides predominantly on the flat. He has ridden more than over 300 winners over the sticks, and is fast approaching a century on the flat.
Dougie Costello has been a great sport and answered The Crowd Racing Questions, his responses are below.
WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR BIGGEST ACHIEVEMENT AS A JOCKEY TO DATE?I’ve been very lucky in my career in racing, for me it’s always about getting the best from your horse, and like humans it’s normally giving them confidence!I could say Triumph Hurdles, Tote Gold Hurdle, Monets Garden at Aintree or Quiet Reflection at Royal Ascot. But most of the time it’s when a plan comes off ie: Ascot, Chelmsford, Cheltenham, Redcar!
This is a hard one!
JUMPS HORSE; in my time this has to be Kauto Star , just to keep coming back to the big days at Cheltenham can cap what any other good horse has done. Watching him and Denman take each other on at the top of the hill was hairs on the back of the neck stuff, I was sitting on the table in the weighting room with all the other lads and this was the fight everyone had wanted to see and we got it. Sad to say that Denman never really came back from that fight, maybe neither of them came back from it! But race was what jump racing is all about!
There lots of horses! I think just to feel the true speed I’d have to say Wesley Ward’s Good sprinter Lady Aurellia.
Jumping: Wetherby! I have been the leading young rider and senior rider there and it was only 20mins from me!!
Flat; Deauville France. It is absolutely beautiful, with great prize money, food, drinks , cheap entry and a lovely track to race on.
To stop racing to be all about betting and a prize money increase . I know Yorkshire racing is trying to promote family’s days out at tracks which is a great initiative.
Hopefully them all.
HOPEFULLY IT IS A LONG WAY OFF, BUT WHAT DO YOU SEE YOURSELF DOING ONCE YOU RETIRE FROM THE SADDLE?Getting fat! I don’t real know! I’d like to stay some way in racing but I don’t think I’d like to trainer. May be young stock & pointers.
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