As Team Racehorse Lotto prepare for their first Racing League meeting this week, we asked Lizzie Kelly, Team Manager about her early career and how she thinks the team will fare
Lizzie became the first female jockey to win a top-class jumps race in Britain and made history when she won the Grade One Kauto Star Novices’ Chase on Tea For Two on Boxing Day 2015. Since her retirement in July 2020, Lizzie and her husband Ed Partridge have turned their hands to buying and selling horses under their new business venture, Valentine Bloodstock. She also continues her association with breaking-in and pre-training young horses.
So, what expertise can Lizzie bring to the team and what does she have to say about the upcoming Racing League competition?
Q. Tell us a bit about your career in racing
A. I was very lucky to ride some really nice horses and rode some great winners in my career. I worked and rode for my parents who train down in Devon and so I was able to enjoy both helping to train and also ride the horses on the track.
Q. What is your biggest achievement?
A. My biggest achievement was probably riding the second Grade One winner at Aintree. I’d had a bad Cheltenham the month before and winning on Tea for Two in the Betway Bowl was definitely my best day on a racecourse.
Q. Why did you decide to get involved with the Racing League?
A. I think it’s really important for Racing to keep adapting and developing as a sport but also within the leisure industry. I understand that people have misgivings about the concept, but we need to push boundaries and continue to be creative in order for Horseracing to thrive.
Q. Which race meeting are you most looking forward to? Are there any you think the team will perform well at?
A. I’m looking forward to Windsor. I’ve never been to Windsor and I’ve always wanted to go. I’m hoping that as our trainers are primarily in Newmarket they will keep a good squad for one of their more local tracks.
Q. Which Racing League team is likely to be our biggest rival?
A. That’s a really hard question! The teams are full of talent both from the training and riding ranks. I think it will produce some really good racing, but the competition is wide open!
Check out the trainers, jockeys and horses making up Team Racehorse Lotto > https://www.racingleague.uk/team-racehorse-lotto
Follow Lizzie on Twitter - @LizDKelly