Jockeys and Work Riders
Derek joined Arlary in October 2013. At that time he had ridden 27 winners, principally for Noel Kelly and Mark Mcniff. Derek caught our eye when winning on the good mare Charlie's Vic and is an excellent schooling jockey at home. He had his first winner for us on The Friary at Hexham in November 2013 and has continued to have winners for us, in particular over fences. Derek has experience backing youngsters and riding and training winners, having trained his own point to pointers. With Peter Buchanan's retirement in April 2016, Derek took on the mantle of stable jockey and his enthusiasm for getting each horse ready for its race is contagious. In 2017 Derek shot into the limelight when winning the Aintree Grand National on One For Arthur who he gave a patient ride, producing him in the last half mile to win. Derek combines strength and sense in a race and carries out race tactics with a cool head.
Blair joined us in the summer of 2016, riding out and keen to take out his conditional license again. He had previously ridden winners in point to points, where he was the Northern Area novice champion and under rules including for Alistair Whillans and Nick Alexander. Blair has had a good grounding with bringing on young horses, and is excellent with any quirky ones; his patience and skill has led to wins with the headstrong Saint Freule and also multiple wins on older horses such as Thorpe, Bialco, young stars such as Mighty Thunder and many mares including the multiple winners Haul Us In, Catchthemoonlight, Aurra Thunder and Calle Malve. Cool in a race, he can carry out riding instructions to the letter and his results have led to more rides for the yard and outsiders. In his spare time he likes to head to the golf course.
Stephen is a very proficient conditional who joined us from Nick Alexander in the summer of 2016. Previously working for John Oxx, Nicky Richards and Maurice Barnes, Stephen brings plenty of experience and has a great way with the horses. He is a great asset at home and on the track, and is particularly good with the less straightforward horses. He had an excellent season in 2018/19 striking up good partnerships with the winning chasers Ryalex and OrionInverness. He will continue to be well supported by this yard.
Patrick had his first season point to pointing in 2018 and joined us in the summer, choosing Lucinda Russell Racing over school despite some great exam results. He is a keen young boy who rode in point to points in 2018/19 and was awarded his conditional license in March 2020. An effective work rider he has the knack of keeping the horses in a great rhythm and working them efficiently. His favourite horse was Forest Des Aigles who he produced to the minute. Patrick will ride for us as a very useful ten pound claimer in 2020.
Work Rider & Amateur Jockey
Ailsa started in September of 2016. She has a background in eventing and has ridden all her life. She has been point to pointing for two seasons winning in 2019. She trains and rides her own horses, Settledoutofcourt and Fortune's Hiding also takes outside rides. In March 2020 she trained Settledoutofcourt to win aged fourteen, a great achievement. Ailsa is a senior member of staff on the yard and is also experienced in going racing with the horses both nationally and internationally. In her spare time she enjoys socialising and looking after her ex racing greyhound, Woody.
An ex-jockey whose uncle trains horses, Steven started here in November 2019 and brings a wealth of experience after spells with Mark McNiff, Joseph O'Brien, Gavin Cromwell, Gordon Elliott and Tony Martin where he was head lad. His hobbies include drinking eight cups of coffee a day and bartering with his housemates Derek and Thomas, but essentially, he lives and breathes racing and has been a great addition to the yard.
Work Rider & Assistant Travelling Head Girl
Way back in 2004 El joined us from school and has been with the yard through many changes since then. In 2018 El took on the role of work rider following a few years as assistant head girl at Arlary. She is excellent at getting the most out of quirky horses and is also very efficient on race days when she will help Jaimie. She also runs our Facebook page 'Lucinda Russell Racing' and helps with our rehoming program. El enjoys showing her Shetland ponies and her ex racehorse Gray Mountain.
Work Rider & Assistant Head Girl
Hannah started riding out for us in August 2018 and despite having no previous experience with racehorses has quickly adapted to riding on the gallops. She has previous experience with polo ponies and worked for our neighbour Thom Bell for a year. She is a proficient work rider and is very caring towards the horses. She helps Cameron with the yard at Arary and will feed if he is not available. In her spare time has her own horse who she competes with, and a sweet miniature dachshund called Dexter.
Connor is a young boy who has talent and enthusiasm to make him in to a useful young jockey. Having pony raced on his own home produced pony he called us to ask if he could ride out at weekends when aged just fourteen. Having ridden out and helped on the yards for a year he joined us full time in the summer of 2019; he will look to take out his apprentice flat license in 2020/21.
Lorena grew up on a family-run riding school in East Ayrshire and has been riding horses from a very young age. 'Lori' joined the yard in January 2020 having previously taken part in pony racing where she competed on her own home-bred pony. She has recently taken out her Point To Point licence and enjoys training her young pointer in her spare time along with socialising with friends.
Joining us full time in 2019 at just 16 years of age, Gregor has been involved with horses for as long as he can remember having sat on a pony from the moment he could walk. He was steered in our direction by his uncle and joined as a work rider in November 2019 just a month after leaving school. A participant in British eventing and a keen follower of rugby, he loves nothing more than riding horses in his spare time and has designs on becoming a jockey in the future.
Tara began working for us early in 2019 as a part-time work rider. She has competed nationally in pony club games, and successfully pony raced for six seasons. Tara has her point to point license and will ride her own new point to point horse this season. In the autumn of 2020 she joined us full time as a work rider and is a usefu member of the team.
Part Time Work Rider
Erin works here part time and is a very efficient reliable work rider, riding and assessing many of the top horses in their work, including One For Arthur. She also helps in the office keeping records of each horse's work, and communicating with the owners. You may have seen Erin at Perth Racecourse where she looks after the sponsors and owners in the paddock. Erin has two children, Emily and Logan and is one of our long standing employees who have been with us as the yard has grown, developed and prospered; she started way back in 2007.
Part Time Work Rider
Lorraine previously worked for Lucinda from 2002 to 2007 as a work rider. She had a spell out of racing before returning this year as a part time work rider. In her spare , ime she likes to go for runs and enjoys swimming to keep fit. She also competes in hiunter trials and one day events. She also has one of Lucinda's ex racers, Ambition Royal who she rides for pleasure.
Part Time Work Rider Assistant Head Girl And Transport
Gemma joined us in November 2014 having worked in various yards, including in an animal rescue centre in South Africa. An outgoing girl she rides out and having attained her HGV license in December 2017 she helps Jaimie and Steve with the driving, between yards and to race meetings. In September 2015 Gemma attended the work riders course at Newmarket Racing School. In the autumn of 2018 Gemma started a university course at Perth but continued to ride out and drive part time. In the summer of 2020 Gemma agreed to stand in as Head Girl at Arlary after Ciorstaidh left, and took on her new role with typical enthusiasm and organisation. Returning to university in the autumn she will continue to help out in various roles while studying. Gemma is a keen gardener in her spare time as well as being a qualified masseuse and enjoying gymnastic pole dancing.
Part Time Work Rider
Pollyanna started riding out in August 2019 and had not been involved in racing previously. While at Dollar Academy she would ride out a couple of mornings a week before school. She competes at Intermediate level British Eventing and is also a keen hockey player. In the autumn of 2020 Pollyanna started at Lancaster University studying Business with entrepreneurship but will continue to ride out when she can.