Picture: Kayley Woollacott with stable star Lalor (Sourced from EEGaming.org)
I interviewed Kayley Woollacott, a national hunt racehorse trainer based in North Devon, to ask her a few questions about her job. Kayley’s biggest win to date is Lalor’s Grade 1 at Aintree, in the Betway Top Novices Hurdle. Unfortunately, her triumphs on the track have not come without heartbreak. In January, Kayley’s husband, Richard Woollacott, sadly took his own life. Richard’s biggest success came in the shape of his 40-1 winner in the Grade 2 Ladbrokes Long Distance Hurdle at Newbury, Beer Goggles. He was also an extremely talented point to point rider. Richard was crowned National Champion point to point rider in 2010, as well as winning the regional title for Devon and Cornwall seven consecutive times (2005-2011). The new season ushers in a new start for Kayley and her team, however. Their stable star, Lalor, runs tomorrow at Cheltenham for his first start over fences. Kayley is keen to continue the work of her late husband and we wish her the best of luck for this season ahead.
- Do you have a young horse in your yard we should be looking out for this season?
- 5 year old bay gelding
- Owned by D G Staddon
- Entered at Chepstow on November 21
- Ask X Monabricka Lady (IRE) (Moscow Society (USA))
He will be a nice horse in time! He was an impressive winner of an Irish Point to Point and he will be sent hurdling this season.
2. How is Lalor and what is the plan for him?
Lalor is very well and due to run tomorrow in the Arkle Trial at Cheltenham. It’s a big ask for his first time over fences, but the quick ground and dry weather everywhere has prevented us from getting him out sooner. So long as he has a good learning experience and he comes home safe and sound, we will all be pleased with him!
3. How did Bella and Lalor’s beautiful bond come about? (A question we were all dying to know the answer to)
Lalor has always been a big topic in out household. He was purchased around the time that Bella was born and so we soon realised he was exciting. He was her Dad’s favourite and she loved being at Wincanton when he won his first race. He’s a big softie at home and so quickly became ‘her’ Lalor! We have lots of pictures of him at home and she knows he’s a star. He is so good with her, that he’s always first in line for a kiss!
4. What’s your opinion on the representation of women in the racing industry currently?
It’s a unique industry that was male dominated for quite a while. However, now, women are on a level playing field with the men, both in training and in riding and that’s a really good thing!
I am very grateful to Kayley for giving me her time for this article. The link can be found below for Kayley’s fundraiser in memory of Richard for; the mental health support charity, Mind, The Injured Jockeys Fund and the Devon Air Ambulance Service. Suicide is the biggest killer of men between 18-45 and I think we are all in agreeance, here at Rein It In Racing, that more needs to be done. So, if you can, please donate! Thank you.
– By Lois x