Fast Eddie climbing to the top

Many young lads and lasses dream of moving from stable work to becoming a top jockey. 18 year old Eddie Linehan is one such who in the last week has shown he is well on the way to reaching that goal.

Since a winning ride in an apprentices handicap at Ayr last Monday Linehan has had a further three rides, and a further three winners. A return of four winning rides in a row is something any jockey would be thrilled to achieve, and Linehan is no exception. "To win four times in a week is fantastic for a young lad like me," he said.

What's more, Linehan's wins were achieved over both codes, the Ayr win being followed by a conditionals maiden hurdle at Uttoxeter on Wednesday and two further apprentice handicaps at Doncaster and Newbury. This last race was his first ride for top trainer Mark Johnston. He showed too, that he's well able to read a race to good effect. In both the Ayr and Uttoxeter races he rode his race from the front, whereas in the other two he produced his mount inside the final furlong.

Linehan is clear where his future lies. "My future definitely lies over jumps, though. At the moment my licence is with Tim Easterby but I'm probably going to move in the next week or so. I began working for Willie Mullins in Ireland, worked a lot for him, and then I moved to Ferdy Murphy. He gave me a couple of rides at the meeting at Cheltenham after the Festival, and I've had a couple of winners over hurdles."

Just at the moment it's not settled whether he will return to the Mullins yard or move on to Neil Mulholland. But either way the future looks very bright for the youngster. It's just that at the moment some of the top flat trainers are waking up to his talent, Linehan is about to put his full attention to the jumps.

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