[dropcap]I[/dropcap]t was a real pleasure to meet Jack Lander and his father, Darren, yesterday at Goodwood.
Jack is an 11 year old whirlwind of achievement. His latest adventure, to walk no less than 172 miles, in aid of the Injured Jockeys Fund. Because of such feats, he is rightly being celebrated by the Racing Media and everyone in The Game itself.
Myself and Darren had a chat whilst I was working away on the pitch. He is a jovial and fun character and said to me “Oh, Ben. He’s already asked ‘What’s next, Dad?’. I’ve had to say, ‘Let’s just have a rest for a while, son.’. To be honest, I feel absolutely fucked!”.
What strikes me, as being unique about Jack, is he’s not being pushed forward. This is no Williams Sister or Michael Jackson, living the dreams his parents failed to achieve. No. At a young age, he is embracing life and taking every opportunity in his chosen path.
Jack, you are unique. We don’t know if you’re going to end up Champion Jockey, Head of The BHA, or Prime Minister. BUT JUST KEEP GOING..!
STILL TIME TO DONATE TO JACK’S WALK: CLICK HERE
… AND JACK’S BOOK WITH ALL PROCEEDS TO THE INJURED JOCKEY’S FUND: CLICK HERE
Over and out, B x