Lee’s on the fast track

Lee Theobald takes a gallop during his duties
Lee Theobald takes a gallop during his duties
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Hunmanby’s novice jockey Lee Theobald is making a swift climb as he aims to rise through the rungs of the king’s sport .

The 21-year-old has settled at Nicky Martin’s Somerset point-to-point yard and is poised to make a grab for a professional jumps licence.

Lee only got into horse racing a couple of years ago, but he has progressed swiftly.

This time last year helped out his first winner at Kempton for Julia Feilden’s yard and after September he could be riding his way to glory.

“I’m working at a point-to-point yard in somerset and I’m really enjoying it,” said Lee.

“My aim is to ride before the end of this year, which has been a big dream of mine.

“Coming from a flat yard to a jump yard is a big step, it means that I have to put more weight on and ride a little differently, but I’d like to think I’ve adapted quickly to the change.

“It’s also nice being trusted to jump very talented horses by my boss, we are hoping for a very productive season with lots of success.”

Lee still has a good way to go before he will be rubbing shoulders with the top jockeys at the major meetings, but he does see it as a possibility.

He added: “I have to put a couple of stone on then I’m going to sort out my amateur licence for a season.

“After that I’ll hopefully get my conditional licence and we’ll see from there. Races like the Grand National are the biggest in the country and everybody wants to ride in it, so it will be difficult, but nothing is impossible.”