It’s January 22nd 2019 and County Kildare man Robbie Downey is sitting alongside fellow Jockey and friend Leigh Roche in the departure lounge of Mumbai Airport. The pair are waiting to board a flight to Kolkata and as they do so Robbie thankfully takes the time out to return a WhatsApp call I made earlier in the day.
Downey arrived in India two months previously in November for their winter season, not knowing what to expect and leaving the safety net of his family and friends many thousands of miles behind him. And though there was always going to be a certain amount of fear and trepidation, he took the jump, feeling he had nothing to lose; “Ahh yeah to be honest I felt the timing was right. Things had gone a bit stale at home and I had moved to England for a short period but this was something that I always felt I wanted to do so when the opportunity arose I grabbed it with both hands. I am grateful Leigh is over here as well as it could be a lonely place without a familiar face. ”
“I came here in November for their Winter Season. Coming over was a bit of a shock, one of my first thoughts were oh no what am I letting myself in for, this reaction hit as the plane began to descend into Mumbai. I could start to smell the river as it flows out to sea and the unbearable stench of the sewage coming from it. When we hit the city of Mumbai itself for the first time the first things I noticed were the people everywhere, the constant noise and the heat that just hit us when we got out of our taxi. Walking through the city I found there is so much pollution, mainly from the fumes of the exhausts and to be honest I found it hard to breathe at times. In fairness though we found out pretty quickly that the lifestyle is okay for jockeys over here. I found that the natives around Mumbai are either really rich or really really poor. It was a wake up call to see people starving to death on the side of the road. It woke me up and made me realise how lucky I actually am.
Kilcock Jockey Robbie Downey rode a double for Thirsk trainer David Barron at Redcar Racecourse last Monday evening.
‘Venturous’ (9/1) struck late to win the Watch Racing TV In Stunning HD Handicap Stakes to complete the double while earlier in the day Downey stayed cool to win the Join Racing TV Now Handicap Stakes aboard Frosted Lass (9/2), outstaying favourite Tomahawk Ridge.
Downey spoke after completing his double about his hopes to raise his profile as a freelance jockey after coming over from Ireland; “I tested the water towards the end of last season for a few weeks, then rode in India during the winter. It’s going well but I’m just trying to pick up more rides.”
Maynooth Jockey Sean Davis partnered ‘Gabrial The One’ to victory in the ‘Thyme People Handicap Stakes’ at Chester Races on Saturday afternoon.
The Richard Fahey trained horse, who was 4/1, came home 3/4 of a length in front of ‘Never Do Nothing’ back in second place, mounting his challenge just outside the furlong mark before taking the lead inside the final furlong, to run on rather cosily in the end.
For five pound claiming apprentice Davis, who is one of the leading candidates to capture the British Apprentice Championship this season, it was a first win at Chester, as he continues to make a name for himself across the water. Davis currently sits at the top of that said championship.
Richard Fahey had his say on his official Twitter page following the win; “Winner number four is Gabrial The One and a winner at Chester for Dr Marwan Koukash. He did it really nicely under apprentice Sean Davis.”
It’s another win for our local jockey Sean Davis, who partnered Furzig to victory at Thirsk Racecourse Ltd (Official) last night for trainer Richard Fahey Racing.
He also had a winner at Hamilton Park Racecourse on Friday night as he got favourite Glasvegas up to win.
Davis is one of the leading contenders to take the British Apprentice Championship, even at such an early stage in the season. And you can follow all of his fortunes here at Robert Cox Sport, your number one for local sport 👍
Kildare Rose Deirbhle Mulvihill at the entrance to the Curragh
Kilcock native Deirbhle Mulvihill who was named as the 2017 Kildare Rose in April continued her duties at the weekend with a visit to the Curragh races at the popular Guineas meeting.
Deirbhle who plays gaelic football for Cappagh is said to have had a fantastic day and even appeared in the picture round of a table quiz, with many people mistaking her for one of the Seoige sisters!!
Best of luck to Deirbhle with all her rose duties and with a busy few months ahead, the best is surely yet to come.