Following on from Rossa Ryan (see earlier post on this site), Conor Orr is the subject of the second of what will be a series of jockey interviews with me.
Conor, a young Donegal man, has done very well since coming back to these shores from the UK, where he was based with Evan Williams for three years. Whilst there, he had success under Rules and in point-to-point races
He is the eldest of seven children, with his brothers including Oisin, also a successful jockey and who will also form part of my series of jockey interviews.
I would like to thank him, and all the jockeys involved, for taking the time to answer my questions and to wish him all the best for the season ahead.
Have a read below folks.
JOCKEY QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS NUMBER 2 – CONOR ORR
NAME: CONOR ORR
AGE: 24 (BORN IN MARCH 1996)
WHERE ARE YOU FROM: RATHMULLAN CO.DONEGAL
STABLE YOUR ATTACHED TO: DERMOT WELD & LORNA FOWLER
HOW DID YOU GET INTO RACING: MY FATHER, RAYMOND, ALWAYS HAD HORSES AND PONIES FOR PONY RACING AND, GROWING UP, A JOCKEY IS ALL I EVER WANTED TO BE (CONOR RODE OVER 100 WINNERS ON THE PONY RACING CIRCUIT)
JOCKEY YOU IDOLISED GROWING UP: RUBY WALSH & RICHARD HUGHES
FAVOURITE RACECOURSE AND WHY: LIMERICK BECAUSE I RODE MY FIRST TREBLE THERE AND IT HAS ALWAYS BEEN A VERY LUCKY TRACK FOR ME
TOUGHEST COURSE TO RIDE: LEOPARDSTOWN IS ALWAYS TRICKY WITH THE BIG FIELDS
HORSE THAT YOU LOOK FORWARD TO THIS SEASON: POLITESSE, PROBABLY THE BEST HORSE I HAVE RIDDEN IN MY CAREER SO FAR – (CONOR RODE THE VERY PROMISING LORNA FOWLER-TRAINED MARE WHEN SHE WON ON HER HURDLING DEBUT AT THURLES IN MARCH; SHE HAS RUN FOUR TIMES; SHE FINISHED THIRD ON HER BUMPER DEBUT THEN SECOND IN A GRADE 2 BUMPER AND THEN WON A BUMPER BEFORE WINNING OVER HURDLES; SHE IS A HALF-SISTER TO THREE JUMPING WINNERS, INCLUDING THE THREE-TIME GRADE 1-WINNER DON POLI)
RACE YOU WOULD MOST LIKE TO WIN: AINTREE GRAND NATIONAL
WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO OWN THAT YOU DONT HAVE ALREADY: MY OWN YARD
HOBBIES OUTSIDE OF RACING: DONT DO MUCH REALLY AS I’M ALWAYS AROUND HORSES ON A DAILY BASIS.
FOOTBALL TEAM YOU SUPPORT: CELTIC