When the going gets tough

By Caroline Whelan.

National Hunt racing is a notoriously tough game in which to make a name for oneself. But Gavin Sheehan has been doing just that.

The 21-year-old from Dunmanway in West Cork was on Saturday crowned UK champion conditional with 49 winners to his name this season. He is currently attached to the yard of Lambourn handler Warren Greatrex who is based in the historic stables which were once occupied by renowned jockey and trainer Fred Winter.

However, the young Sheehan has managed to grasp a foothold with other jumps trainers and has ridden winners for Oliver Sherwood, Emma Lavelle and the Grand National winning Dr. Richard Newland amongst others.

The jockey hails from an accomplished sporting family and says when growing up his parents Sean and Geraldine encouraged himself and his three brothers to ‘get involved in everything’. His brother Alan even played with Cork city FC for a time.

For more see this week’s edition of the Irish World

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