Young Driver Profiles

Annwen EvansName: Annwen Evans
Age: 20
Occupation: I work in a restaurant and I'm currently at university 
How long have you been involved in harness racing: From birth, we’ve always had Standardbreds for as long as I can remember. I started getting more involved and started jogging the horses when I was around 12
Favourite horse: Scoot Around, my family bred him and he was such a playful youngster and he went on to be one of the best horses in Britain
Favourite racetrack: Tanycastell because that’s where I won
Number of winners you’ve driven: 4
What race you’d love to win: Welsh Classic 
Horse you’d love to drive: Oddsonbeth, she always looks professional in her races
 


Rhys EvansName: Rhys Evans
Age: 23
Occupation: Horse trainer 
How long have you been involved in harness racing: Since I can remember
Favourite horse: Fool Around, because he's got an impressive turn of foot and has given me the chance to be part of some top quality races
Favourite track: Tir Prince or Aberystwyth
Number of winners you’ve driven: 68
Favourite win: Welsh Classic in Ammanford because it’s the most prestigious race I've won and a race I’ve wanted to win since I was a child
What race you’d love to win: Crock of Gold or Musselburgh
Horse you’d love to drive: Doonbeg, I got to jog him once and would have loved to have had a go behind him in a race
 


Name: Gary O’GradyGary O'Grady
Age: 26
Occupation: Farrier
How long have you been involved in harness racing: I have been around horses all my life through my family. I got more involved in harness racing when I moved to Wales. I help out with local trainer Alan Jones and I now have my own horse.
Favourite horse: Doonbeg, his record breaking win at Amman Valley was seriously impressive.
Favourite track: Of the tracks I’ve driven on I’d say the track at Aberystwyth and Tir Prince
Number of winners you’ve driven: 6
Favourite win: When I drove Chinatown Lucky to win in a dead heat at Tanycastell. The horse ran a brilliant race and it was in front of a local crowd
What race you’d love to win: Crock of Gold
Horse you’d love to drive: Infinatey, I really like the horse, he has speed and stamina


Name: Mike EvansMike Evans
Age: 26
Occupation: Horse trainer
How long have you been involved in harness racing: We always went to the races but we didn’t get our first Standardbred until I was 17. I started getting more involved when my sister Kayleigh got her horse Popeye. I did a bit of driving then went to New Zealand over the winter to learn a bit more before I started training
Favourite horse: Oddsonbeth, she’s the ideal racehorse, her performances are consistent and she has the will to win
Favourite track: Tanycastell
Number of winners you’ve driven: 66
Favourite win: Crock of Gold heat with Bon Jasper, people thought he was past his best but he regained some of his past form towards the end of the season when I was training him, he deserved that win and he gave me the chance to compete in the biggest race of the year
What race you’d love to win: Crock of Gold
Horse you’d love to drive: When I worked in New Zealand there was a brilliant horse I worked with called Stig, I would love to drive him in a race. Back here Infinatey is a horse I’d like to drive because of his impressive turn of foot.
 


Name: Kayleigh EvansKayleigh Evans
Age: 24
Occupation: Marketing officer for Ceredrotian
How long have you been involved in harness racing: We’ve always had horses and went racing but we didn’t get our first Standardbred until I was 15. I got my own horse Popeye when I was 17 so that I could start driving
Favourite horse: A horse I followed throughout his career was Bon Jasper, I thought he was a brilliant tough horse and I was lucky enough to drive him in a couple of races when my brother was training him
Favourite track: Tregaron because of the atmosphere
Number of winners you’ve driven: 7
Favourite win: When I won on Popeye, he always came 2nd and 3rd and I thought I might never get to win on him so when he won in his final year of racing I was over the moon
What race you’d love to win: Any of the finals that are held in Ceredigion
Horse you’d love to drive: We train a horse at the moment called The Bold Jack and I’d like to drive him in a race if I could. He’s a big, powerful horse and he makes his wins look effortless.
 

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