… Dewi Williams, a former Zimbabwe Champion Jockey who rode three Triple Crown winners, has some advice for you.
“I was very fortunate to ride three. Glen Monarch was the first super horse, and Earl Of Surrey – a top-class sprinter – managed to get a mile and half – a great feat. Then Rebecca’s Fleet – the filly who beat the boys, and was unbeaten in all her 10 starts in Zimbabwe. Great memories.
“Preparation is the key going into the Derby. The 2400m trip is an unknown for most of the 3-year-olds. My mindset was always the same – I’m on the best and they all have to beat me.
“You try to stay as calm as you can, but you know what’s at stake. The gates open and you get a good position front, back or midfield.
“Be positive as only you and your horse can do it now. When all goes to plan and you hit the line your first thought is relief, because you’ve done it. Then it starts to sink in what you’ve just achieved, and you are so proud.”
As most of you know Dewi had to retire all too early after a serious injury. He is now living in the UK and this photograph was taken when Ryan Skelton was on holiday a while back.
The Triple Crown winners mentioned above were all trained by Lisa Harris.
Thanks for the words of wisdom, Dewi.