I have been lucky enough to interview the brilliantly talented Adrian Heskin, I really hope you enjoy reading what he had to say to me!
Me: What s your favourite race of your career, win or lose?
Adrian: The 2010 Glenfarclas Cross Country race at the Cheltenham Festival. On A New Story. It was a kick-start to my career and a memory I will have forever.
Me: If you could ride any horse that you never have, past or present, what horse would you choose?
Adrian: Sprinter Sacre. Best 2 mile chase I’ve seen in my opinion and he must have been some thrill to ride.
Me: What are your opinions surrounding the discussions of banning the whip?
Adrian: I think the racing press is our own worst enemy about the whip as it gets brought up far too often to the public. I don’t see anything wrong with the rules as they stand.
Me: What is your favourite racecourse and why?
Adrian: Aintree is a favourite of mine. Always beautiful ground, fair track and a good test of a chaser.
Me: You’re the retained jockey for the McNeill family, how is that for you? They’re obviously very well known in the sport so do you feel any pressure when you put their silks on?
Adrian: I’m in a very privileged position to ride for such a good owner. It gives me an opportunity to have relationships with a lot of top trainers in the country which is great. I don’t feel pressure to be honest, I just try to perform to get the best out of each horse. It’s a big team effort.
Me: What is one race you’d love to win?
Adrian: The Gold Cup. And in my current positioning, I think it’s a realistic dream for one day.
Me: No pressure, but when I asked Richard Johnson his bet of the season he said Lostintranslation to win the Betfair Chase, which of course he did, so what is your bet of the season?
Adrian: Tiger Roll in the Cross Country in March.
Me: What would be your horse to watch for the next season or two?
Adrian: A horse of the McNeill family’s and Prodec Networks called I K Brunel. He will make into a smashing chaser next season.
Me: What would you say to anyone who thinks racing is animal cruelty?
Adrian: For people who think this sport is cruel, they need to have a closer look. It’s a fantastic sport and the horses have the best care taken of them.
Me: What is your favourite day of the racing calendar?
Adrian: The 26th of December. The busiest day in the racing year and it’s fantastic if you have a good Christmas period.
Me: What is your best advice for young people who have a passion they want to follow, whether that be racing or something else?
Adrian: If you have a passion, before you pursue it you have to be 100% dedicated to succeed.
I know how busy Adrian is, so firstly I want to say a massive thank you to him for taking time out of his day to let me ask him some questions. Adrian is a brilliant talent and with the powerful horses he is able to ride, he will definitely succeed and do great things within the sport.
Thank you for reading, I hope you have enjoyed this post as much as I have writing it.
See you all very soon for my next post!