Racing Staff Week – Profile – Jade Ransley
4th Jul 2018 | News
‘After applying to the British Racing School I was invited to attend an interview day in April 2010. Having finished my A-levels in July I started the 9 week foundation course on 29th November 2010.’
What was your highlight of being at the British Racing School? ‘I’m going to have to say my personal highlight was meeting the people on my course and making life-long friends. My roommate at the BRS is still one of my closest friends and if it wasn’t for our time there; we would probably never have met.
On the racing side, however, my highlight came on the last day of the course. Tom Queally came to give a speech and gave each of us a signed picture. Hearing his excitement for the sport and taking into consideration the season he had just had with the legendary Sir Henry Cecil and Frankel; it was safe to say I was now suffering from ‘Frankel-fe- ver’. I was chomping at the bit!’
‘Having postponed my dream to become a vet I chose to take a gap-year before going to university and use this time to complete the Level 2 Diploma whilst working for Sir Michael Stoute. I started on 14th February 2011 and am now entering my eighth season. It seems that racing is my new dream and I am living it!’
‘During my time at Sir Michael’s I have been lucky enough to look after a few winners, but the 2017 season has by far been the most exhilarating for me. My pride and joy, Mustashry, who I look after and ride everyday, is a particularly tricky horse to get to the races. It took alot of hard work from Sarah Denniff, who is responsible for the older colts at Freemason Lodge, James Horton, our assistant trainer, and of course the boss, but after a treacherous few months he defied the widest draw and flew home at Chelmsford to win by half a length. He went on to win a Group 3 at York but for me the thrill of him winning that first race will always mean more to me because of the ups and downs leading to the win.’
‘At the moment my focus is on the riding of horses in the yard. Sir Michael Stoute gave me opportunities to ride in gallops soon after I started working for him, always putting me in groups with more experienced riders who I could learn from. I am grateful for the chances I get to ride work with top jockeys such as Ryan Moore, Ted Durcan, Jim Crowley and a personal idol of mine is Kevin Bradshaw. He has worked for Sir Michael’s for roughly 40 years and is totally trusted. He rides our most challenging horses, horses with the most ability, the most important pieces of work and has been fundamental to the boss’s success. I aspire to ride as well as Kevin does and to be as respected by a trainer as he is by Stoute. In the last year I have taken on some responsibilities in the yard; working with the head people and assistant trainer to further my knowledge about caring for racehorses from the ground. Following this path I hope to one day be a head person.’
‘Take advice! You never stop learning! Horses are all individuals and there are so many ways to achieve great horsemanship.’
A piece of advice from Stoute himself:
Always ride next to someone you consider to be better than yourself; for then you can only improve!