Gingell to make debut memorable

Amateur rider Freddie Gingell is looking forward to taking the first step towards following in the footprints of his famous relatives when making his debut under Rules aboard West Approach at Warwick on Sunday. 

The 16 year old, who is the grandson of Cheltenham Gold Cup-winning trainer Colin Tizzard, and nephew of now-retired multiple Grade One-winning rider Joe Tizzard, will partner the gelded son of Westerner in the Willoughby De Broke Open Hunters’ Chase (3m). 

Gingell, who lost his mother Kim to cancer in May 2020, has already made a bright start to his career in the saddle after enjoying more than 50 winners on the Pony Racing circuit and tasting victory on his second point-to-point ride aboard Molineaux at Buckfastleigh on 16th January.

Gingell said: “This opportunity to ride in a hunter chase has come pretty quickly as it is only my third ride. I am looking forward to it. I plan on taking it with open arms and will give it my best.

“I’ve done all the pony races at Cheltenham and places like that, so it shouldn’t be too much different except this just over jumps on a track under Rules.

“I suppose the only big difference is where most of those watching at the point-to-point meetings have been people like friends and family, everyone will be able to watch this race on television as well.”

Reflecting on his success at Buckfastleigh in the Jockey Club & Retraining Of Racehorses Veteran Horse Conditions contest, Gingell admits he had been “waiting for that moment to come.”

He said: “Riding the winner at Buckfastleigh last Sunday was amazing. It was only my second ride but I’ve been waiting for that time to come.

“Everything went to plan in the race even though the ground went to soft and heavy in places which didn’t help my horse that much. 

“I just had to hold on to him really and wait for my time to come. I ended up winning by 25 lengths. 

“Only being 16 and having a winner on my second ride I couldn’t think of a better way to do it really. I was lucky to have Joe and grandad down there as well to cheer me on.”

In order to make sure he is fully prepared for his big day at the weekend the teenage rider has not only received plenty of guidance from both his uncle, but from a number of current members of the weighing room including Brendan Powell. 

He added: “I’ve spoken to Joe about Warwick and I spoke to Brendan (Powell) about it and most of the other boys that ride down here about it. 

“I’ve watched some videos on it and how to ride it. I’d class myself as nearly ready for it. They’ve all said it is a lovely track but that the fences can be a bit stiff. 

“The horse I’m on, West Approach, will be fine jumping them. The five down the back straight come pretty quick and they are the ones I’ve got to watch out for.”

Although Gingell will face opposition from the likes of Kimberlite Candy, who claimed the 2020 renewal of the Grade Three Classic Chase the track and one-time Paul Nicholls inmate Give Me A Copper, he feels West Approach is a live contender. 

He added: “West Approach is a good horse to have a ride on in the race. We are going to put blinkers on him just so he concentrates more as the fences are quite big there. It will help him not sky them or get too low on them. 

“I schooled him on Wednesday with the blinkers on and he was really good. I’ve been riding him every day for the last month in all his work as well. 

“He may now be 12 and he probably hasn’t got the speed he used to have but both he and Molineaux are two good horses to have.”