Blunsdon St Andrews resident and top national hunt jockey Wayne Hutchinson wants to set up sponsorship deals with companies in and around the town.
Swindon-born Wayne, pictured, who has been racing for ten years, rode his first Cheltenham winner at this year’s festival, bringing home Oh Crick to win the Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Chase Challenge Cup.
“Every win is special, but riding the big winners is an amazing high,” said Wayne, who is the second jockey for Wroughton trainer Alan King.
“I’ve ridden ponies from a young age, and took part in local show-
jumping events as a boy,” said Wayne. “But I discovered that I preferred the speed of racing.”
His first major win came in 2006 when he rode Halcon Genelardais in the Welsh Grand National. Last year he came 13th in the Grand National on Darkness, and won four times in one day at Doncaster.
Wayne says sponsorship would bring good exposure to business. “Obviously with the big wins and the weekend races there’s a lot of television and press coverage so any sponsor could get a lot of publicity for their investment.”
A jockey’s schedule is extremely hectic, with thousands of miles being covered each week. Wayne said, “over a weekend I could be at Fontwell near Portsmouth on the Friday, Hereford on Saturday, Sandown on Sunday, then up in Carlisle on the Monday. You never can tell with the sport where you’ll be; everything happens on a day-to-day basis.”
Wayne’s wife Amy, who works for the John Laing facilities management team at Isambard Community School, said the schedule makes particular demands on life. “It’s important to have a supportive family network as the hours are extremely demanding. Wayne is up at 5.45am daily during the racing season and is often not back ‘til after 7pm.”
Wayne writes a weekly blog for Sporting Life chronicling his experiences and commenting on what’s happening in the racing world: Wayne’s World as Amy calls it.
“The atmosphere is totally electrifying at Cheltenham and the Grand National; I love going along,” said Amy. “But the summertime is a good opportunity for Wayne to spend time with me and his son Callum as there are fewer meetings.”
To discuss sponsorship call Amy on 07747 083155.