Rookie jockey sad­dles up for Macmil­lan

Daunt­less Siob­han will ride in front of TV cam­eras at York Race­course

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Siob­han Carey, from Chal­font St Giles, is set to take part in the Macmil­lan Char­ity Race at York Race­course on Satur­day June 11 for the first time ever.

The 34-year-old, who lives on Kings Close, said she has been brought up around horses ‘all her life’ but has never taken on the ‘new and daunting’ chal­lenge of a flat race.

She said: “I’m al­ways up for a chal­lenge. I did Kil­i­man­jaro two years ago – I wanted to do a chal­lenge that’s a bit out there so I thought, I might as well go for it.

A man­ager of Careys Foun­da­tion – which aims to raise funds and pro­vide sup­port to UK and Ire­land based char­i­ties – Ms Carey has only ever been a leisure rider of horses.

Flat rac­ing, she said, is a com­pletely dif­fer­ent task and has meant she has had to com­pletely change her diet and train­ing.

She said: “I’ve had a few falls but you have just got to get back on. I’ve been out since De­ce­mebr so I’m quite tired.”

More than £450,000 was raised for Macmil­lan last year at the race, and as the only per­son se­lected from the south Ms Carey says she wants to all she can for it.

And 350,000 peo­ple will be watch­ing on TV, to join the 28,000 peo­ple who will be at the race.

She said: “I don’t want to show my­self up. I only found that out af­ter I got the spot.”

The rider is be­ing trained by Sarah Bosley, for­mer two time Lady Am­a­teur Flat Cham­pion of Martin Bosley Rac­ing.

She said she is look­ing for­ward to it, but ad­mit­ted there are nights when she thinks about ‘ oh my God what have I done’.

She added: “But you think about Macmil­lan, you think about what they do – it just makes it all worth­while.”

Speak­ing about the re­ac­tion this has had from friends and fam­ily she said: “They’re sup­port­ive. I think some of them think I’m slightly mad and it’s a bit of a phase, but I’m in right to the very end.

“I’m not the sort of per­son to back out of any­thing – if I’m go­ing to do it, I’m go­ing to give it 100 per­cent and achieve that goal. If I can raise over £10,000 that would be amaz­ing.”

You can make a do­na­tion at www.just­giv­ing.com/ Siob­han-Carey­macmil­lan-race

Siob­han Carey will ride in the Macmil­lan Char­ity Race

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