Osborne takes to Twitter to find jockey
Jamie Osborne created a bit of a stir on social media on Monday as he took to Twitter to offer up the ride on Secret Interlude at Kempton on Wednesday to any apprentice who got in touch.
Trainer Jamie Osborne took to Twitter to find a jockey
The lucky winner was Georgia Dobie, who is based with Mark Tompkins, and who has also ridden for Phil McEntee.
Secret Interlude runs in the All Weather "Hands And Heels" Apprentice Series Handicap at 1955(GMT) – restricted to riders who had partnered less than 10 winners – with Dobie claiming 7lb.
Osborne explained: "I was sat in the office on Sunday evening and I knew I would be leaving very early on Monday morning to go to the sales, when I realised I had no-one to ride the filly.
"My apprentice, Lucy Barry, has ridden too many winners and none of the people who ride out for me fitted the qualification.
"I have no allegiance to anyone, so I thought it would be a fun way of doing it.
"When I put it out there I didn't think it would create quite the interest that it did.
"Seven apprentices got in touch and with this being the year of the vote I thought it was only fair to do the same."
Osborne, who also owns Secret Interlude, added: "I felt very sorry for the lad who came second (Jacob Mitchell) because there was only a gnat's whisker in it.
"It's nice to give someone a chance and it's a fun way of doing it.
"I haven't spoken to Georgia yet, but she sent me a message saying thank you very much and she seems very polite.
"It would be great if they win."
The British Horseracing Authority confirmed there were "no concerns" with the booking.
A spokesperson said: "The choice of jockey is between owner and trainer, therefore, provided both are happy that this is how they will choose their jockey, and that the jockeys in question hold an appropriate licence, then there are no concerns."
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