Gabriele Malune is making a name for himself as a really promising apprentice. He works for Marco Botti and the trainer has supplied him with some of the biggest winners of his fledgling career so far. I caught up with him and asked him some questions.
What got you interested in horse racing?
I grew up around horses back at home and used to go racing quite a lot. Racing in Sardinia is very different to England but it was enough to get me interested.
When did you realize you wanted to be a jockey?
As long as I can remember I never wanted to do anything else.
Who is your favorite horse you’ve ever ridden?
One of my favourites that I will never forget is Banksea . He was my first ever ride and on the same day he was my first winner as well. I also looked after him for 2 years, so he’s a horse that’ll be hard to forget. I’d love to bring him back home when he retires.
What has been the best moment of your career so far and why?
My career has only started so it has to be my first winner for Marco Botti in a Class 2 on Kyllachy Gala for Excel Racing.
Is there a horse you’re most looking forward to riding this season?
I finished 3rd in the Victoria cup at Ascot on Saturday [12the May] on a horse for David Evans called Sea Fox. Hopefully I’ll keep the ride and I can ride it in some more valuable handicaps.
Is there a horse from Marco Botti’s that we should be looking out for this season?
Capla Temptress is an exciting filly for the yard she finished a close 4th in the French Guineas last week. She is small but has a big heart and will be exciting for the team and her owners this season in Group Ones.
If you could have the ride on any horse in training at the minute who would it be?
I would love to ride Cracksman because we all know how good he is. But I would love to ride Young Rascal- he’s the best of the British for the Derby this year and he looks like he will keep improving as the year goes on.
What is your main piece of advice for anyone who wants to be a jockey?
It’s really hard to give advice because I’m still trying to make it myself but I think a supportive boss and a good agent (I have to thank both of them for the great help) and definitely the harder you work the luckier you get.
What is your main goal for this season?
I want to ride as many winners as I can for good trainers in good races and keep on riding winners for all the trainers who have supported me so far.
Would you rather win the Derby or be Champion Jockey?
I would love to win the Derby it is the most famous flat race that is know around the world it takes everything to win. If you get a ride in the Derby, you are doing something right and, if you can go and win, it you get to be a part of history and win the most prestigious race in the world. There is no race like it!
Thank you so much for talking to us. Best of luck for the season ahead!