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Apprentice jockey dreams of first winner at 58

Leonard Collins

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Apprentice jockey dreams of first winner at 58
Jockey optimistic of first win since apprenticeship started in 1987.

Budding apprentice, Gareth Timms, is optimistic he will ride a winner one day, despite being the oldest jockey in the weighing room at 58.

Timms said: “I know I’m due a win. Piggot, Fallon, Cordero have all come and gone, but I’m still here. Who’s laughing now?

“Most of the jockeys I learned from are either all dead or in a museum.

"My careers adviser told me the world was my oyster - admittedly that was when Scott and Charlene got married. She’s dead now - the career’s adviser, not Charlene.”

Trainer Alf Archer said: “Gareth’s been learning to ride for five decades and still has a paper round to supplement his income.

"He was originally apprenticed to my grandfather who rescued him from a life as a chimney sweep. We haven’t got the heart to tell him to quit.”

Punter Maxwell Benson said: “I know how Gareth feels.

"It seems like 50 years since I backed a winner.”

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