Jockeys and Work Riders
Derek joined Arlary in October 2013. At that time he had ridden 27 winners, principally for Noel Kelly and Mark Mcniff. Derek caught our eye when winning on the good mare Charlie's Vic and is an excellent schooling jockey at home. He had his first winner for us on The Friary at Hexham in November 2013 and has continued to have winners for us, in particular over fences. Derek has experience backing youngsters and riding some of the more complicated horses at home, and he has trained his own point to pointers. With Peter Buchanan's retirement in April 2016, Derek took on the mantle of stable jockey and his enthusiasm for getting each horse ready for its race is contagious. In 2017 Derek shot into the limelight when winning the Aintree Grand National on One For Arthur who he gave a patient ride, producing him in the last half mile to win. Derek combines strength and sense in a race and carries out race tactics with a cool head.
Blair joined us in the summer of 2016, riding out and keen to take out his conditional license again. He had previously ridden winners in point to points, where he was the Northern Area novice champion and under rules including for Alistair Whillans and Nick Alexander. Blair has had a good grounding with bringing on young horses, and in his spare times he likes to head to the golf course.
Stephen is a very proficient conditional who joined us from Nick Alexanders in the summer of 2016. Previously working for John Oxx, Nicky Richards and Maurice Barnes, Stephen brings plenty of experience and has a great way with the horses. He is a great asset at home and on the track.
Our new conditional Jockey Thomas joined in June 2017 from Stuart Coltherd’s, and having had 30 point to point rides Thomas is clearly an experienced young man. Hailing form Selkirk he is a big fan of the common riding in the borders. Thomas’ first win for Lucinda came on Rivabodiva at Ayr on the 30th of October 2017 and following an outside chase win for Sandy Forster he struck up a good relationship with Jump For Dough, winning twice at Musselburgh.
Cameron is one of our new jockey hopefuls at the yard. Cameron joined on the 20th of June 2017 and hopes to join the list of successful professional jockeys who have flourished at Lucinda’s. He has ridden in over twenty point to points and his family own a livery yard in the borders, so horses have always been a focal point. This year he has completed his Category A Jump permit which will allow him to ride as an amateur on official courses around the UK. In his spare time, he likes to go to the gym and visit his family.
El has taken on the role of work rider following a few years as assistant head girl at Arlary. She is excellent at getting the most out of quirky horses and is also very efficient on race days when she will help Jaimie and Mark. She also runs our Facebook page 'Lucinda Russell Racing' and helps with our rehoming program. El enjoys showing her Shetland ponies and her ex racehorses Jefertiti and Gray Mountain.
Work Rider & Driving
Gemma joined us in November 2014 having worked in various yards, including in an animal rescue centre in South Africa. An outgoing girl she rides out and having attained her HGV license in December 2017 she helps Jaimie and Mark with the driving, between yards and to race meetings. In September 2015 Gemma attended the work riders course at Newmarket Racing School. Gemma is a keen gardener in her spare time as well as being a qualified masseuse.
Ailsa started in September of 2016. She has a background in eventing and has ridden all her life. She will hopefully go Pointing in the 17/18 season on an ex racer for Lucinda called Settledoutofcourt. Ailsa is a great rider and clearly has a love for horses giving them names and metaphorically creating in yard horse couples. She does however spend some time away from horses, hanging out with her pals.
From Kirkmill just outside Lanark, David joined on the 9th of October 2017. He has spent the majority of his time working with flat trainers; the likes of Stuart Williams, Mark Johnson, Linda Perrett and Ian Semple. David is a great work rider and is always positive. He also has a wee dog called Doogie, which till this day nobody knows its breed, David would not be surprised if he was half cat.
Part Time Work Rider
Erin works here part time and is a very efficient reliable work rider. She also helps with the yard at Kilduff, and will give Tracy a hand in the office if it is busy. Erin works part time at Perth racecourse, looking after sponsors and owners in the padddock. On 31st May 2015 Erin gave birth to a baby boy Logan a brother for Emily, and she returned to riding out part time in February 2016.
Part Time Work Rider
Lorraine previously worked for Lucinda from 2002 to 2007 as a work rider. She had a spell out of racing before returning this year as a part time work rider. In her spare , ime she likes to go for runs and enjoys swimming to keep fit. She also competes in hiunter trials and one day events. She also has one of Lucinda's ex racers, Ambition Royal who she rides for pleasure.
Part Time Work Rider
Connor is a young boy who has talent and enthusiasm to make him in to a useful young jockey. Having pony raced on his own home produced pony he called us to ask if he could ride out at weekends when aged just fourteen. He rides out and helps on the yard whenever he has school holidays and will look to take out his license when he is sixteen.