Neil King : Ridgeway Racing

Staff - meet the Ridgeway Racing team

  Name: Trevor Whelan
  Role: Stable Jockey
  Trevor joined the St Gatien Team in July 2011 and since the retirement of Alex Merriam, he is now our first jockey. He recently rode out his claim and won Jumps Ride of the Year for his ride on Persian Herald at Fakenham last season. Trevor has ridden 23 winners so far this season but his most notabl ride remains surviving a near disaster at the last and winning the Highland National on Cerium. He has 83 career wins to date.
  Name: Harry Teal
  Role: Conditional Jockey
  Having previously been Conditional Jockey for his father, Roger Teal, Harry started at Ridgeway Racing in September 2017. As a teenager, he was a keen show jumper and even represented Great Britain in the junior team in the Netherlands. However, after being surrounded by racing from a young age Harry realised racing is where his heart is and has so far already got 9 winners under his belt. As well as riding, he enjoys playing golf and taking his Doberman for a run!
  Name: Sandeep Thapa
  Role: Yard Man
  Sandeep comes from India. This is his first job in England and he has worked for me since 2008. He is a very reliable and hard working member of the team who looks after the yard and mans the horse walker whilst the rest of us are riding out. I'm always telling him he is the best yardman I have ever had. (he's the only one I have ever employed !!)
  Name: Richie O'Dea
  Role: Assistant Trainer
  After learning how to ride with his local hunt in Ireland, The Conna Harriers, Richie began his career in racing working for Jimmy Mangan, trainer of the 2003 Grand National Winner, Monty's Pass. Richie built up a name for himself on the racing circuit in Ireland as an Amateur and went on to become Champion Novice Amateur Jockey, before coming over to England and riding several winners as a Conditional. Richie is already very familiar with the horses from when he came in to ride out regularly last season and is now looking forward to the season ahead as Assistant Trainer. When he isn't in the saddle, Richie enjoys playing golf and spending time with his family. Tankerton Boy, pictured left, is Richie's horse to follow as he has a lot of raw ability... hopefully he can prove him right over the coming months!
  Name: Brian Scott
  Role: Head Lad
  Originating from Ireland, Brian grew up on his family's farm where he was always surrounded by horses. He has trained multiple Point to Point winners and also successfully completed the Irish National Stud Course, no doubt spurred on by his avid interest in the thoroughbred breeding and bloodstock industry. Brian came to us having previously worked for our neighbour, Emma Lavelle, and has also worked for Frances Crowley and Jim Dreaper. As Head Lad, Brian is responsible for making sure the yard runs smoothly day to day.
  Name: Jess White
  Role: Racing Secretary
  Jess joined the team in May 2017 after completing three years at the Royal Agricultural University, reading for a degree in Rural Land Management. Prior to studying at Cirencester, she worked weekends at Gary Moore�s for a few years and completed an accounts and marketing internship in London. After spending several years away from the industry, Jess realised that racing is where she wanted to build a career and the combination of riding out one lot with working in the racing office suits her perfectly. While at the RAU, Jess was a member of the Ladies 2nd clay pigeon shooting team, a hobby that she continues to enjoy, along with watching polo and exercising the ponies.

If you have any queries do not hesitate to get in touch with her in the office.
  Name: Frankie Barrett
  Role: Stable Lass
  Frankie started at Ridgeway Racing in September 2017 after hearing about us through Richie O'Dea. Although Frankie only started working in racing at Easter, she has always loved horses and has her own horse who she likes to take out hunting. A local girl, she also enjoys going shooting with her brother and would one day like to work abroad. Frankie has settled in here very well and always has a smile on her face!
  Name: Ryan Smith
  Role: Stable Lad
  With his father having been a professional jockey, Ryan has always had a passion for horseracing and wanted to follow in his father's footsteps. Growing up, he enjoyed the thrills of pony racing and currently holds a P2P licence with aspirations of becoming a professional jockey one day. When not in the saddle, Ryan also enjoys game shooting.
  Name: Kara Gregory
  Role: Stable Lass
  Some of you may recognise Kara from when she was here a couple of years ago. Having left Ridgeway Racing a year ago after a season and a half, she is excited to be back and enjoys schooling some of the horses as well as taking them out for a day's hunting. She has worked for the likes of Paul Nicholls and Willie Mullins and also holds her category A amateur licence and point to point permit. Kara had her first experience of race riding a few years ago in a charity race at Newbury where she finished 2nd. Kara had a lot of fun Point to Pointing last season and, as well as gaining an abundance of experience, she also rode two winners. When not in the saddle Kara enjoys going for a jog with her dog Erin.
  Name: Jack Hollinshead
  Role: Stable Lad
  Jack grew up surrounded by horse racing. His Father, Auntie and Cousin all currently hold licences to train. He left school to work in the shooting industry as a gamekeeper and in game farming before coming back to work in racing aged 20. This is his first job in racing working away from the family businesses and he is keen to broaden his experience and gain a better understanding of other training methods and approaches. As a child he used to race his Shetland Pony, "Socks", in the Shetland Grand National and Jack's claim to fame is that he once appeared in the popular TV program Casualty. When he is not looking after the pheasants on our small shoot, and other birds of the non-feathered variety, Jack likes to visit his parents, who are based in France.
  Name: Clare King
  Role: Riding out
  Clare started riding out in January 2008 in preparation for her participation in "The Peoples Race" held on Grand National day and televised on the BBC. She not only made it through to the final, but won the race and raised over 50,000 for charity. Clare has also won the historic Newmarket Town Plate on Raifteiri, Evella provided her with a first chase win under rules and in 2013 not only did Clare come 3rd in the Mongol Derby and raise 10,000 for charity, she also married me!