If you're into racing at all then you'll definitely know who Graham Lee is but it wasn't five years ago that he popped out of relative obscurity to shock everybody by winning the 2004 Grand National riding Amberleigh House for Ginger McCain. He tried to repeat his success by pairing up with Amberleigh House again in 2005 and 2006 but was unsuccessful.
The Irish jockey who hails from Galway had no horse racing background but was drawn to the sport as a result of living so close to the Galway racecourse. Surprisingly the initial obstacle in his career was the opposite of most jockeys in that he needed to gain weight rather than lose it, and so adopted a high-protein diet in order to build himself up for National Hunt racing to a weight of nine stone ten pounds.
His first winner was Blushing Pearl in Navan in 1992 but it was almost a full decade before he achieved any notable victories. In the 2003 season he went ten weeks without a single winner and things were not looking good, when suddenly he started a winning streak including a four-timer at Wetherby.
He won no fewer than 94 wins from 625 rides, earning £1,356,423 in prize money and reaching third place in the jockey’s championship.
Like most excellent jockeys, he will be in demand for the 2010 Grand National again so keep an eye out for the trainer and horse he pairs with because in 2009 he rode Kilbeggan Blade who had a really good chance but unfortunately pulled up at fence 21.
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