The Racing Continues......
As the flat season gains momentum, so does Oisin’s riding career. In the last fortnight he has ridden for eight different trainers and while his most recent win came at the end of April aboard Harriet Bethell’s Lopes Dancer, he is yet to score during the official flat turf season, which runs from Saturday 30th April to Sunday 15th October, though not for lack of trying!
“I keep hitting the cross bar,” said Oisin, highlighting two frustrating, recent seconds at Doncaster.
“I don’t mind too much about Gabriella’s Spirit, we were beaten by the 1/12 favourite who won very easily, but I was sick about Majestic Fighter, the race was going nicely to plan but we were beaten a short head on the line,” reported Oisin.
With the number of rides is Oisin is having for a variety of different trainers, those wins won’t be far away.
Racing is Oisin’s life right now. When he’s not working or racing he is at the gym.
“I work at Kevin’s on a daily basis and ride out at Richard Fahey’s on my weekend off. My agent, Niall Hannity is doing a great job of getting me outside rides and it’s good to keep making contacts,” said Oisin, who turned 21 earlier this month.
While many people turning 21 spend months planning a party or look forward to a good night out with friends and family, Oisin’s milestone birthday was a very low-key affair.
“My mum came to visit for a couple of days and I managed to persuade her to come up to Hamilton with me. It was a quiet birthday as I was racing every day, but that’s fine by me!” Enthused the rider.
As far as birthday present’s go, Oisin might be looking for a new car as a deer ran into the side of his while travelling up Sutton Bank, the repair bill is yet to be received!
Oisin was delighted to have his first ride at the Dante meeting last week,
“I love York, it’s such a nice track,” he said,
but even with nine racecourses in his adopted home county there is still plenty of travelling to do as Oisin heads off to ride at Yarmouth for the first time. “It’s a long way to go but good to tick another racecourse off the list,” he said.
Oisin’s positive attitude and optimistic outlook is intoxicating and as the hard work continues the wins will come. Good luck Oisin!