Royston Ffrench Jockey Website


Royston Ffrench left school in 1992. He came to the British Racing School in 1994. He was awarded the Twelve Club Award for the most promising trainee of his year.

He started working for Luca Cumani in November 1994 and attended an Apprentice Licence Course at the British Racing School in July 1995.

He had his first ride in public in October 1995 and rode his first winner on the first day of the turf flat season on 21st March 1996.

Up to February 1997, he has had a total of 163 rides (121 in England, 2 in Ireland and 6 in America). He has ridden 18 winners, This includes ‘Inchcailloch’ the winner of the 1996 Cesarewitch.


Q: What was your first winner?

A: Haya Ya Kefaah, Doncaster

Q: Who have been the most influential people in your racing career?

A: Luca Cumani, Ray Cochrane, Kevin Darley and last but not least my wife, family and friends.

Q: What is your favourite racecourse?

A: Anywhere where I ride a winner!

Q: What is your funniest moment in racing?

A: When I rode my first winner in America, jockeys and valets greeted me with buckets of ice water and shaving foam.

Q: Who is your racing idol?

A: Kevin Darley (present), Lester Piggott and Steve Cauthen (past).

Q: Which horse would you love to ride (past or present)?

A: Any of the Derby winners.

Q: What is your best moment in racing?

A: My first ride and first winner

Q: If you were not a jockey what would you have been?

A: A Soldier, but got refused for being too small.

Q: Who is your weighing room buddy?

A: Greg Fairley.

Q: What do you dislike most about racing?

A: Driving!

Q: What has been your most disappointing moment in racing?

A: Dropping my hands at Doncaster.

Q: What do you do for relaxation?

A: Spending valuable time with my family and if I have time gardening.

Q: If you could invite anyone round for a meal who would it be?

A: Family, friends and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall so he could do all the cooking!