Hi there, I’m Niamh and I’m one of the writers for Rein It In Racing. I am 16 years old and have been following horse racing since I was 10. The first race I remember watching was the 2010 Cheltenham Gold Cup when Imperial Commander won, but I really started watching horse racing when my grandad took me to Aintree in 2011 to go to an evening race meet. From then, I haven’t looked back.
Although there have been many horses in the past that I have followed and admired, there is really one who stands above the rest in my opinion. Although he will never go down in history as a ‘great’ racehorse, I’ve always adored Silviniaco Conti from the moment I first saw him race in 2011. I was lucky enough to see him win the Betfred Bowl in 2015 and met him at Paul Nicholl’s yard in Ditcheat in December 2016. One of my favourite racing moments has to be when he won his second King George VI Chase at the end of 2014; although my all time favourite racing memory has to be when Sprinter Sacre won the QM Champion Chase in 2016 and regained his crown (I’ve also been incredibly lucky to meet him on two occasions).
I consider myself to be a pretty average tipster – better at choosing winners on the flat than over jumps. If I were asked what style of racing I preferred, I wouldn’t be able to say; they are both such different disciplines and I love both the excitement of the jumps and the speed and technicalities of the flat.
I have tried my hand at racing journalism before, I write columns for 3 Furlongs Out and a number of other articles. I am really looking forward to taking on this new project of writing for Rein It In Racing and think it is a great initiative to get young people interested in our sport.
I will be taking over the page every Sunday, so watch this space for regular reviews of Saturday’s racing and much more!