Interview: RICHARD PITMAN: is one of the most loved ex-jockeys in racing, perhaps best known for his gallant second in the 1973 Grand National on the freewheeling Crisp, caught just before the line by Red Rum. A published author with many titles, Richard won the 1974 Champion Hurdle on Lanzarote, and can count two King George VI Chases, the Whitbread and Hennessy Gold Cups on his CV. Meeting Richard Pitman with Hannah Baycroft.
RICHARD PITMAN (part 1 of 3)
In part one, Richard talks about his early days growing up in Cheltenham, how his riding career began, and recalls what it was like working for Fred Winter. The legend of the weighing room also talks about how training and riding methods have changed throughout the years.
RICHARD PITMAN (part 2 of 3)
Richard talks through the thought process and tactics behind his ride on Crisp in the 1973 National, and how the race has changed since he rode in it. He also discusses horse welfare, and what racing can do to prevent fatalities.
RICHARD PITMAN (part 3 of 3)
Richard tells us who he’d ride if he had a choice in this year’s Grand National, shares some stories from his time at the BBC, and tells us if he’ll be writing any more novels.