Showjumper Joe Whitaker enjoys ‘fairytale’ winning debut as a jump jockey at Newcastle
- Joe Whitaker partnered favourite Ladronne to a last-gasp victory on Tuesday
- It was in amateur riders’ handicap hurdle at Newcastle that the 32-year-old won
- Whitaker was quick to pay tribute to trainer and former jockey Tjade Collier
International showjumper Joe Whitaker, part of the renowned Whitaker dynasty, realised a ‘fairytale’ when winning on his debut jumps ride at Newcastle.
The 32-year-old, whose uncles John and Michael won Olympic equestrian medals at the 1984 Games in Los Angeles, partnered favourite Ladronne to a last-gasp victory in the amateur riders’ handicap hurdle on Tuesday.
A jubilant Whitaker told Sky Sports Racing: ‘I could feel him on the bridle and I knew he had it, so I thought I’d wait until the very last second and then give it some.
Joe Whitaker achieved a lifelong dream by winning aboard Ladronne in the handicap hurdle
‘I was just focusing on riding smooth, getting in a rhythm, breathing, relaxing and just finding the race and taking it from there. I enjoyed every second of it and I guarantee I’ll be doing it again.’
Whitaker was quick to pay tribute to trainer and former jockey Tjade Collier, who was saddling his first winner at the 12th attempt.
He said: ‘Fair play to Tjade because his instructions were 150 per cent. He’s a serious trainer in the making.’
Meanwhile, Wednesday’s card at Hereford has been cancelled due to waterlogging.