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The Season So Far…

Friday 23rd of October 2015
Once I arrive back from my winter away in Dubai it is a case of getting back into yards to ride out for trainers, with the hope of getting the leg up on some of their horses. In Dubai I rode out quite a lot for Mark Johnston, so it was his Kingsley House stables that were my first port of call. I have made a few visits to Chepstow this season to...More

You should've seen the one that got away!

Wednesday 1st of April 2015
For those of you out there who wondered what I get up to on my days off in Dubai, well I'm about to tell you. The sun tan didn't need topping up before we ventured home so me and some mates decided to go and do a bit of deep see fishing. Boy oh boy are there some serious fish out there, we managed to catch a couple of 'Kingfish' as you can see. The...More

The home straight of the UAE season

Saturday 28th of March 2015
We are heading into the last two weeks of the UAE season with a meeting at Al Ain, Jebel Ali and then it's down to the big one, World Cup night at Meydan on Saturday the 28th. Since my last blog I have been kept busy and I am sat on the 28 winner mark at the moment from a total of 293 rides, so I have to say thank you to all the owners and trainer...More

Happy New Year to Everyone

Tuesday 13th of January 2015
I've just had a great Christmas with my family in Dubai who all flew over to spend the holiday period with me, we all welcomed the New Year in together whilst watching a spectacular firework display. I love my time in the UAE over the winter but the downside is being apart from my wife and children. While they were over here, it was nice to ride a ...More

A Great Start to the Dubai Season

Wednesday 19th of November 2014
The season in the Emirates is now well underway and I'm pleased to say that I have had a great start. I've been riding for many different trainers and thankfully I rewarded their faith with a few winners. In the opening fortnight I have had 48 rides, 10 of which have won and a further 17 have been placed so overall I have been delighted with the st...More

The End of Another Season

Friday 31st of October 2014
I have now been in Dubai for a few days in preparation for the new season here. I will try to keep you up to date with how things are going over here and I can be followed on Twitter too at @RoystonFfrench I enjoyed my best UK season since 2011, finishing with 13 winners from 237 rides. I did have 14 but Jolly Red Jeanz lost one in a BHA enquiry a...More

Royston - The Season so Far

Friday 18th of July 2014
I arrived home following my Chinese adventure and resumed race riding in the UK on 12 April. My first ride back was Duke Of Grazeon at Pontefract but unfortunately he got struck into.  In May, I teamed up with my new agent Mark Furnass and it has been a case of so far so good, I've ridden for a host of trainers, including some Group One winni...More

Royston's Chinese Takeaway

Friday 18th of July 2014
On my way back to the UK from my winter in Dubai, I took in a trip to China for the inaugural Chengdu Dubai International Cup raceday. This was the first running of the Chengdu Dubai International Cup raceday, staged as a partnership between the Meydan Group and the Chengdu Municipal Government. It consisted of five turf races and represented a fir...More

Sunday Success!

Tuesday 25th of June 2013
Only 1 ride on Sunday, but all worthwhile as I dead heated on Ayasha for Brian Smart. It was worth having my Sunday roast later than usual.  ...More

May and June Round Up!

Thursday 13th of June 2013
Sorry I've not blogged in a while, I've been so buys riding out for as many trainers as possible to try and get some UK winners on the board. The rides are picking up but sadly the winners are still few and far between. Luckly though on the 20th May at Redcar, I won on a gusty horse for Tracey Waggott. Dark Side was a great ride, and did brilliant...More

First Winner of the UK Season!

Sunday 28th of April 2013
Landed my first win of the UK season today! I'm very pleased to get one on the board and, just like last year, my first win was for Brian Smart. I won on a great filly called Lexington Rose by 1 1/2 length at Ripon in the first. Now I'm off the mark, hopefully the wins will come in thick and fast and this will be the first win of many in the 201...More

On the Way to a Winner

Saturday 27th of April 2013
I'm still knocking on the door to find my first winner of the UK season. I've had a few places since returning, so hopefully my first win will come along soon! Since returning, I've been riding some nice two-year-olds for trainer, Brian Smart. Keep your fingers crossed for a winner soon!...More

Back in the Saddle on UK Soil

Thursday 11th of April 2013
I'm now back in the not-so-sunny UK and the hard work has started once more. I've been busy trying to keep warm and riding out, and despite the cold it's great to be back. I've already had a handful of rides so wish me luck for the rest of the UK flat season! ...More

The Dubai World Cup 2013

Thursday 11th of April 2013
Today was the big day, and I had two great rides. In the Kahayla Classic, I rode a great filly - Rakha. It was nice to ride on such a big occasion and there was such a great atmosphere. Nothing can beat all the best jockeys, horses, and trainers competing for glory on the highest level. Rakha didn't run as well as she can, and didn't managed to st...More

The Finals of the Championship

Friday 22nd of March 2013
Everything we have been doing boiled down to today. It was the final day of the Championship, and Grandstand Stables were only four winners behind. With a great book of rides planned, everything looked positive for pulling off the big win. In the first, I could only finish in 3rd place on Ukrainian but the team won with Blue Sea. Only 3 behind now...More

Abu Dhabi

Sunday 17th of March 2013
The best we could do tonight was finish 4th in the Emirates Championship G1 Purebread Arabians on Jarnin for M. Al. Jahouri. ...More

Returning to Sherger

Saturday 16th of March 2013
Had a full book of rides today but that was where it all ended unfortunatly, as we didn't manage to make it into the winners' enclosure.  ...More

4 Rides in Mayden

Thursday 14th of March 2013
Started off just out of the winners' enclosure, finishing in 4th place on Albayan for The Boss. I went one better in the 2nd, finishing in 3rd place on Mutual Force. In the third, I was back in the same spot on Need to Know. In the 5th race, Ukrainian ran well to finish in 2nd place and was beaten by 1 1/2 lengths. It was a frustraiting night...More

Back to Abu Dhabi

Sunday 10th of March 2013
Returned to Abu Dhabi and started off with seconditus once again. It  didn't get any better as I finished in 3rd place in the 2nd race. Didn't take it too well knowing that I wasn't beaten by very far, though! In the Liwa Oasis G1 for Purebread Arabians, we finally had a winner! I rode Rakha for trainer M. Aljahouri, and was glad I got a ch...More

Super Saturday 2013

Saturday 9th of March 2013
Warming up to the big event where I had four rides. In the first - Al Maktoum Challenge - I rode Kerim to finish in 7th. Not a bad run at all, considering she is still a maiden. In race 3 - the Meydan Sprint - I rode Vocational but got a bit of stick after dropping my stick! The boys said I needed an elastic band around my wrist to hold it secure...More

5 Rides in Jebel Ali

Friday 8th of March 2013
I had five rides in Jebel Ali today but drew a blank on all of them! I had better pull my socks up and get into gear for Super Saturday! ...More

Superdream Racing Comes to Visit

Wednesday 6th of March 2013
My sponsors, Superdream Racing, arrived in Dubai today to catch up and watch me race. Myself and Jason Manning had a really successful business meeting, and I'm looking forward to some exciting things in the pipeline. It was great to catch up with Jason!...More

Full Book of Rides in Abu Dhabi

Sunday 3rd of March 2013
I had a full book of rides today but only managed to finish in 2nd and 3rd. Finished up in the money, but as we all know nothing beats coming first! ...More

Glad to be Back in the Saddle

Saturday 2nd of March 2013
I was raring to get back in the saddle after watching the winners from home yesterday. I had two rides in the afternoon, one of which was Universal for trainer Mark Johnson. I haven't had many rides for him the past few seasons, but have had a lot of success with him - notably Dukebox Jury. My second ride of the night was for Sh. Hamdan, another ...More

Watching from the Sofa, not the Saddle

Thursday 28th of February 2013
Today was an unusual one for me! I was left with no rides as The Boss only had 2 runners for Sh. Hamdan who has his own retain jockey, so was left to watch the races unfold on my TV at home. It took me a few minutes to even find the right channel - I'm normally sat in the saddle not on the sofa! I hope this is a one off, that's for sure! Looking...More