Apprentice Daniel Satchell wants to continue family tradition

Observer writer

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

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DANIEL Satchell became the fifth of the new lot of 21 apprentices to ride a winner.

Steeped in racing through his family connections, Satchell won the final race on Saturday by shedding his maiden tag aboard the 9/5 option Brave Prospect. It was the fifth mount of his short career.

“This victory means a lot to me,” Satchell rejoiced afterwards “as it helps to take some of the pressure off me, and it prepares me to go on with a positive mind. There are very good reasons for a young rider to be anxious to get off the mark soon after graduation. The reason is that the longer you stay in getting your first win, the longer it takes your career to get off the ground. Many riders with family connections in racing have spent a long time getting off the mark and I did not want the same situation to reach me, so when this victory came along, I was very relieved, to tell the truth.”

Not winning races according to Stachell could stymie his career as trainers are not inclined to give winning rides to late developers.

“Trainers are in the business of winning races and are seeking out those riders who show an aptitude for winning races.

“Therefore, as long as you are winning races, they will take the chance of giving you good rides,” the Waterford, St Catherine resident said.

“You can understand how important this victory is to confidence-building and how good it makes me feel. This victory for me is a starting point,” said Satchell who is the son of former jockey Michael Satchell, and nephew of Wesley Henry.

He further said: “My weight is 48.0 kg, I could be an asset to trainers, as I will be in line to get good rides in the lightweight class and above. What I need to do now is to continue to work hard and consistent to get the support necessary to advance my career in the saddle and that I believe can only be built on hard work and being trusted.”

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