Chatting With Donal McInerney


By Samantha (1/3/18)


I was lucky enough to get the chance to ask Donal McInerney some questions about life as a jockey. Donal is enjoying his best season to date with twenty-eight winners on the board and he is currently leading the Irish Conditional Jockey Rankings. He has only recently turned professional and, just two days after he got his license, he partnered the Enda Bolger-trained Auvergnat to win the P.P.Hogan Memorial Cross Country Chase at Punchestown on Sunday February 5th 2017.

What got you into racing?

My dad always used to be watching racing at home so I just started following racing from a young age.

When did you realize you wanted to be a jockey?

I was about thirteen when I started riding out for a local trainer. That’s when it all started for me.

What has been the best moment of your career?

My best moment would be riding my first winner and first ride as a professional at Punchestown for Edna [Bolger].

Donal McInerney after winning on Auvergnat


Do you have any good chances of a winner at Cheltenham?

To be honest, I don’t know if I even have a ride at Cheltenham but I’m hoping something will pop up.

If you could ride any horse at Cheltenham, who would it be?

I’d love a spin on Samcro- he has it all!

Who is the best challenger from Ireland for the Cheltenham Festival?

Supasundae in the Stayers Hurdle for sure.

What is your favourite festival to ride at?

I got a good buzz at the Leopardstown Festival this year.

What is your biggest aim in racing?

My biggest aim is to stay sound and hopefully go to the top.

What is your main piece of advice for someone who wants to come into racing?

Anyone who wants to be a jockey- work hard and don’t panic! Take you chance the moment you get it.

What can be done to encourage people into the sport?

It’s hard to say about encouraging people into this game. There are a lot of risks and it’s not for everyone.

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