#JockeyChamps – Dougie Costello on his love of Yorkshire life.
To celebrate Go Racing in Yorkshire Summer Festival, we caught up with locally-based jockey Dougie Costello who filled us in on just why he’s loving life up North.
“This week is the Go Racing in Yorkshire Summer Festival, which means there’s some fantastic racing right on my doorstep. I spent 15 years as a Jump jockey (before I made the switch to the Flat last year) and I always enjoyed going to the great northern Jump tracks like Wetherby or Sedgefield where the support was amazing, and it’s the same on the Flat tracks. The stands always look packed, and the Yorkshire crowd seem to like to come for the racing as a sport and not just the betting.
“I’ve been pleased with how my season has gone. At the start of this year my aim was to make sure my new partnership with trainer Karl Burke went well. Quite Reflection has to be the highlight for us when she won at Royal Ascot. She’s done me, the team at Karl’s and the whole of the north of England proud by winning Group 1, 2 and 3 races this season and I’m grateful to be associated with her. The only problem now is once you’ve had a taste of Group 1 glory you just want more, but it’s a nice problem to have.
“I’m at York this Friday evening and with the Kaiser Chiefs playing I have no doubt the stands will be full. I’m looking forward to getting back on board Woody Bay in the Novus Handicap (8pm). He’s been very consistent lately and I go back a long way with his trainer Mark Walford who has been in great form. Woody Bay was very brave when he won for me at York in June, getting back past horse to win by a short head, and he really likes the Knavesmire so I’d hope he’ll run a big race. Hopefully I’ll see you all there.”