Hayley has answered your questions!
27 July 2012
Hayley's dedicated this week's blog to a Q&A session with you the viewers, readers and online users! Read on to find out more about all things Hayley...
Q: What’s your favourite game – Twister or Buckaroo? Darryll Holland via Twitter
Q: Who can you see emerging in the training ranks to succeed Cecil, Gosden, Stoute etc in the next decade? JBaceace via Twitter
A: George Scott isn’t training at the moment – he’s assistant to Michael Bell – but will certainly make an impact when he does take out a licence. George, AKA The Swordsman (!), is a very confident and talented young man and will have what it takes I’m sure.
Q: What profession would you have done if you hadnt been a jockey? Wayne Butcher via Twitter
A: I would have struggled! I was always quite into fashion and textiles, so maybe something in that field.
Q: What happened to Lisa Jones? Marc Bracha via Twitter
A: She struggled for winners once she lost her claim in the UK, but has enjoyed a lot of success riding overseas, including Macau. I must confess I’ve lost touch with her, which is a shame.
Q: Are you any good on G1 jockey? Sam Watts, via Twitter
A: In a word no. I’d like to think it bears no resemblance to being a jockey!
Q: What’s your position on whip abuse? Bob Mitchell via Twitter
A: I think the new and revised whip rules are where we want to be. You don’t hear the jockeys moaning like they did when the rules were first introduced. I’m proud to say I haven’t fallen foul of them... yet.
Q: Which race would you most like to win and why? Colin Brown via FB
A: The Derby – there isn’t a more prestigious race in the world.
Q: What ride has given you most pleasure when everything has fallen just right? Robert Clark via FB
A: Dream Ahead’s win in the July Cup.
Q: If you could take one male jockey and one female jockey and pair them together to get married and become A-List horse racing celebrities, who would they be? Matthew Rowland via Facebook
A: Cathy Gannon and Tadhg O’Shea. Their children would have the smallest legs in the world!
Q: My nine-year-old daughter is learning to ride. What are your top three tips for a keen beginner? Clare Russell via FB
A: Ride as many different ponies as possible and not necessarily the most straightforward ponies either – as long as they’re safe obviously! Riding a safe pony without a saddle is also great experience. And as hands on as possible, such as cleaning the tack and mucking out and if you don’t enjoy that, then riding’s not for you. Wish your daughter luck from me!
Q: Which jockey would you least like to be up against in a finish? Dave Smith via FB
A: Jimmy Fortune. He’s the strongest in a finish
Q: Wot jockey makes u laff the most? Dave Harvey via FB
A: Martin Dwyer. I get him, whereas I don’t think many others do!
Q: You had a frustrating day on Saturday but do you have a mount at Glorious Goodwood and if so what do you consider your best chance? Mick Cotton via email
A: I’m not getting the results I’d like for this time of the year but it’s been a frustrating time for everyone because of the horrible weather, so I shouldn’t complain. I should have some rides for Marcus Tregoning, who usually does very well at Goodwood, so look out for them.
Q: How much more physically do races over 1m 4f and above take out of you compared to sprints and does it take you longer to recover? John Bassett via email
A: Obviously if a horse is carting you around for one mile and a half, then it’ll take it out of you, but otherwise, the distance of the race doesn’t affect me physically. Everyone’s different I guess. For instance some people find sprinting tougher than longer distances.
Q: Who would win in an arm wrestle – you or Laura Pike? Andy Hart via FB
A: Laura. She’s the most competitive person I’ve ever met, so I couldn’t bear it if she lost!