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 and training winners, having 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 is excellnet with any quirky ones; his patience and skill has led to wins with the headstrong Saint Freule and also multiple wins on older horses such as Thorpe and Bialco. Cool in a race, he can carry out riding instructions to the letter and his results have led to more rides for the yard and outsiders. In his spare time he likes to head to the golf course.
Stephen is a very proficient conditional who joined us from Nick Alexander 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, and is particularly good with the less straightforward horses. He had an excellent season in 2018/19 striking up good partnerships with the winning chasers Ryalex and OrionInverness. He will continue to be well supported by this yard.
One of our successful conditional jockeys Thomas joined in June 2017 from Stuart Coltherd’s, and having had 30 point to point rides. Hailing from 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 has continued on an upward curve, since then riding winners for us and for outside yards.
Cameron is another young jockey to come through the yard; he joined us in June 2017 having hunted and ridden all his life; his family own a livery yard in the Borders so horses have always been a focal point. Cameron quickly established himself as an educated horseman who should join the list of successful professional jockeys who have flourished at Lucinda’s. Under his riding Chanceiton won the leading northern point to point area young horse award in 2018. Cameron holds his Category A Jump permit which will allows 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.
Amateur and Point To Point Jockey
Patrick had his first season point to pointing in 2018 and joined us in the summer, choosing Lucinda Russell Racing over school despite some great exam results. He is a keen young boy who rode in point to points in 2018/19 and will concentrate on taking out his conditional license in 2019/20. An effective work rider he has the knack of keeping the horses in a great rhythm and working them efficiently. His favourite horse was Forest Des Aigles who he produced to the minute.
Hugo arrived in Newmarket from his native Portugal where his father is a trainer to work for the best including Sir Mark Prescott. In late 2018 he decided that a move to a jumps yard would suit him and he came to Lucinda Russell Racing. Having ridden winners on the flat in Portugal and Spain Hugo has lots of experience and has taken out his amateur license over fences, having his first ride in the spring of 2019. He will continue as an amateur for this season. Hugo lives on site at South Kilduff with his girlfriend Barbara. He is an excellent work rider and uses his flat experience to asses the horses that he rides. He enjoys following all horseracing.
Work Rider & Amateur Jockey
Ailsa started in September of 2016. She has a background in eventing and has ridden all her life. She has been point to pointing for two seasons winning in 2019. She rides her own horse, Settledoutofcourt and also takes outside rides. Ailsa helps the senior staff on the yard and is also experienced in going racing with the horses both nationally and internationally. In her spare time she enjoys socialising and looking after her ex racing greyhound.
Way back in 2004 El joined us from school and has been with the yard through many changes since then. In 2018 El took 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. 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.
Hannah started riding out for us in August 2018 and despite having no previous experience with racehorses has quickly adapted to riding on the gallops. She has previous experience with polo ponies and worked for our neighbour Thom Bell for a year. She is a proficient work rider and in her spare time has her own horse who she competes with, and a sweet miniature dachshund called Dexter.
Work Rider And Assistant Barn Manager
Beth joined us on work experience in July 2013 and has stayed ever since. She is an organised sensible girl who rides out and helps oversee the yard at Arlary if Ciorstaidh is not available. She has a good veterinary knowledge and uses the therapy machines on any horses who need them, reporting back any problems to the head girls. In the summer of 2014 she attended the British Racing School for her foundation course and in 2018 she rode Bescot Springs in point to points. Beth's include shopping and spending time with her friends, family and own horses at home.
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. Having ridden out and helped on the yards for a year he joined us full time in the summer of 2019; he will look to take out his amateur point to point license when he is sixteen.
Part Time Work Rider
Erin works here part time and is a very efficient reliable work rider, riding and assessing many of the top horses in their work, including One For Arthur. She also helps in the office keeping records of each horse's work, and communicating with the owners. You may have seen Erin at Perth Racecourse where she looks after the sponsors and owners in the paddock. Erin has two children, Emily and Logan and is one of our long standing employees who have been with us as the yard has grown, developed and prospered; she started way back in 2007.
Part Time 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 Steve with the driving, between yards and to race meetings. In September 2015 Gemma attended the work riders course at Newmarket Racing School. In the autumn of 2018 Gemma started a university course at Perth but continues to ride out and drive part time. Gemma is a keen gardener in her spare time as well as being a qualified masseuse and enjoying gymnastic pole dancing.
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.