#BettingPeople: Ian Watkinson’s 13 year career as a national hunt jockey ended with a near fatal fall at Towcester in 1979, cutting short a career that included winning eight times on Tingle Creek, five times on Night Nurse and three on Sea Pigeon. He was of the old school of hard man jump jockeys, strapping broken bones in order to take the next ride and a social life to match the rough and tumble on course. In four parts the fascinating story of an iron man jockey. Meeting IAN WATKINSON with Simon Nott.
IAN WATKINSON Part 1 of 4
Ian talks about why he decided to tell his story in his book ‘The Going Up Was Worth The Coming Down’, the crashing fall that ended his career, being known as an Iron Man of the weighing room, his numerous broken bones and how the jockeys managed their injuries in the 1970s.
IAN WATKINSON Part 2 of 4
Ian recalls his childhood in Newmarket, being school friends with Bill O’Gorman, gravitating to racing via his Uncle Joe, how watching an horrific fall at the Grand National had the opposite effect on him that you might expect, riding in point to points and less than legal ways of losing weight.
IAN WATKINSON Part 3 of 4
Being popular with the ladies got Ian into some scrapes, he remembers how a Radio Luxembourg DJ managed to ruin one relationship, having a short career as a male model but getting to keep £400 in 1977 jacket, he remembers the tale of trainer Earl Jones who upset the Birmingham Mafia, and remembers his rides on Tingle Creek, Night Nurse and Sea Pigeon.
IAN WATKINSON Part 4 of 4
The women in Ian’s life and writing a chapter between them, how did he manage to stay friends with them all, he talks about his time in Australia including training winners, his great mates Bob Champion and Steve Smith Eccles, what might have been had he not fallen at Towcester and how he thinks he’d have fare as a jockey in 2024, plus a bonus revisit of the modelling years.