How long have you been a jockey? Why did you choose to be a jockey? My grandfather played football for Ireland but I lived in Galway not far from the racecourse and loved going racing from an early age, which meant I always wanted to be a jockey not a footballer. You’re having tremendous success riding on the flat, why did you make the switch from jump racing? Three things; 1. Lack of really great horses to ride which I had been lucky enough to experience in the past 2.