Scottish Jockey Jamie Gormley returns to Hamilton Park with eyes on the Top Jockey prize
Hamilton Park Racecourse gets under starter’s order this Sunday 5 May with their Top Cat Window Blinds Family Raceday, including five rides from local jockey, Jamie Gormley.
Gormley finished last season with a double victory, being crowned Champion Jockey and Champion Apprentice Jockey at the track, after securing 11 wins at Hamilton Park. Jamie is spurred to repeat another successful season and has his sights set on winning the title again.
Speaking ahead of the weekend the 26-year-old said: “I had a really successful year at Hamilton Park last year and I enjoy riding there. It suits my riding style; you can keep a hold of them down the hill and let them go on the back way up. The track is unique in that you can ride past the winning line the wrong way and then back up again.
“It’s a nice track and it’s close to home for me with a lot of family nearby. I’m really happy and looking forward to going back to the first meet at Hamilton Park this weekend and hope to win the title again.
“The course has great success with the owners, trainers and with hospitality too, so it’s a credit to all involved, a really nice family track.”
With family top of mind, Under 18s Go Free and Hamilton Park has put on a huge selection of free activities for children, from Segways and assault courses to face painting and laser tag. Offering something for everyone, the fun-filled day is the first of three Family Racedays at Hamilton Park where kids are in the spotlight amidst the first-class racing.
Sunday not only marks the first of 18 meetings this year, but also includes two of Hamilton Park’s highest winning races of the year, the £30,000 Hamilton Park Racecourse New Hotel Tangerine Trees Condition Stakes (2.05pm) and the £22,000 Hampton By Hilton Opening This Summer Buttonhook Handicap Stakes (2.35pm). Both races will be aired live on ITV Racing.
Jamie will be riding Jabbaar in the 2:35pm, and is also set to ride Pammi, Logi, God of Dreams and Mearing on the day.
Amongst his 11 wins at Hamilton Park last season, were two victories with Logi, who he will ride in the Top Cat – Scotland’s Premier Window Blinds Handicap at 3:45pm. On his chances for this ride Jamie said: “Logi ran really well at the track last year so should do well again on Sunday. Pammi also ran well there last year and we had a good run at Musselburgh at the beginning of April.”
Gormley is fresh off a win on Scottish soil, clinching victory with Colour Contrast in the 3:50pm at Musselburgh Racecourse yesterday.
The action-packed family raceday is certain to see some exciting racing as Jamie aims to reclaim the Hamilton Park Champion Jockey title, marking the first of many fantastic racedays at Hamilton Park.
Tickets are still available and begin at £15, whilst Under 18s race free when accompanied by an adult. To find out more and purchase tickets.