Josh Guerriero, the current Devon and Cornwall men’s champion jockey, had 32 second places last season, and would love to turn those into winners so he can have a taste of national glory.
He is currently working as assistant to Dan Skelton at Skelton’s state-of-the-art training facility in Warwickshire, having previously worked for Victor Dartnell and spent four and a half years with Philip Hobbs.
Amazingly he has no family background in racing and it was just a random meeting with a neighbour when he was 14 that got him riding horses. Josh said: “He had horses and I asked if he needed a hand with anything and hey presto, that was that!”
Asked about that first race ride he said: “I can’t really remember much about my first ride but it felt very fast and luckily it won! Somehow my first three rides were winners, which was surreal and, looking back, I didn’t really appreciate it.”
Josh, who is sponsored by James Pryce Tractors, keeps fit by riding out and race riding keeps him fit.
His advice to anyone just starting out is: “I don’t take it too seriously, think of it as schooling and don’t think about the race too much, just enjoy it. To anyone who rides, but in another discipline, was thinking about having a go race riding I would say ‘give it a go, it’s great fun’.”
As to his ambitions for the future? “I would love to be national champion, even just once!”