Racing’s New Year Resolutions

In a relentless drive for self-improvement some of horseracing’s biggest stars have set out their stall for the coming year with a comprehensive list of New Year’s Resolutions which will no doubt see the sport reach new heights in 2015.  

As we’ve come to expect in such a gruelling sport, respondents’ competitive streak was in evidence with half of interviewees bidding to ride or train more winners in the New Year. Amongst the specific goals for 2015 are having winners at Royal Ascot and the Cheltenham Festival or, as one leading light put it, “I’m just going to try to do better.”  

Others had more modest goals. Despite a string of records to his name and pretty much every jump racing gong safely stashed in the trophy cabinet, one trainer simply wants to master the art of sending a humble text message.  

Health-related goals featured prominently with a top Jump jockey making a renewed commitment to finally “start eating vegetables.” By contrast, Terry’s Chocolate Oranges are now banned, and coffee intake amongst the racing fraternity will be much reduced as part of an uncompromising health drive. And, those of a sensitive disposition will be heartened to hear that the air around the weighing room will be less blue in 2015, with one rider vowing to cut back on swearing.   

Here are the highlights:  

Michael Owen – Brown Panther to win The Gold Cup at Royal Ascot.

Nicky Henderson – For the third year running, the aim is to learn to send a text message.

Jason Maguire – Ride more winners and eat less Terry’s Chocolate Orange.

Aidan Coleman – Start eating vegetables.

Sam Twiston-Davies – Try not to swear so much.

Jamie Snowden – Train another Cheltenham Festival winner.

Richard Johnson – Go riding with my children more.

Dan Skelton – Train more winners and drink less coffee.

William Kennedy – Be more positive and more organized.

Leighton Aspell – Ride fewer seconds.

George Baker – Go to Church more.

Daryl Jacob – Ride more winners.

Paul Nicholls – Try to do better.

Oisin Murphy – Ride in all the British Champions Series races during the season.

Mick Fitzgerald – Try and convince myself that vegetables and salad are good for me!

Tanya Stevenson – Drive a Maserati, even just for a test run.