Neil King : Ridgeway Racing

Staff - meet the Ridgeway Racing team

  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.
  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 August 2017 after hearing about us through Assistant Trainer, Richie O'Dea. Although Frankie only started working in racing in Spring 2017, 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. Be sure to keep an eye out for Frankie (the one who always has a smile on her face) at the races, as over the 2017/18 season Frankie showed, with keen enthusiasm, that she was more than capable of taking on greater responsibility. She has since settled into her current role as Travelling Head Girl very well, a role she very much enjoys. The only downside to her job being the occasional stray bucket full of water that Neil accidentally throws over her at the races!
  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: Daisy Beckwith
  Role: Stable Lass
  Daisy has been an important member of the team at Ridgeway Racing since 2014. As well as riding out, Daisy plays a key role in day to day logistics and in looking after our owners and visitors. Her cooked breakfasts are legendary and have even been written about in the press! Daisy is originally from Norfolk and grew up with ponies and horses, enjoying hunting and eventing. She is captain of the Marlborough Hockey 3rds and plays hockey most Saturdays throughout the winter. She also enjoys walking her cocker spaniel, Aura, and taking her picking up on shoot days. Daisy’s favourite horse is Regulation who she regularly rides and gets on with like a house on fire. Many years before we knew Daisy, she helped break in Milansbar and educate him in his early days with his breeder, so credit must go to her for what a lovely horse he is now and his recent successes!
  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!