Amateur rider Reed holds hands up to ‘bad mistake’


Harry Reed parted company with Rosquero in dramatic fashion


AMATEUR jockey Harry Reed has taken responsibility for a soft fall from Rosquero at Newcastle last Friday, with the 19-year-old saying he is keen to learn from the experience that has drawn public criticism – not least from one of the 11-year-old’s part-owners.

Alan Kidd contacted the Racing Post to publicly air his concerns over the unseat at the fourth-last from the Kenny Johnson-trained gelding who won under Reed two starts before.

Kidd said: “In view of our deep dissatisfaction with the riding and unseating from Rosquero in the 2.40 race at Newcastle on April 8, 2016, the owners of the horse have requested the matter is looked at and, if necessary, investigated by the BHA disciplinary panel.”

Reed, who has had five winners and is currently based with Lucinda Russell, held his hands up over what he termed easily the biggest mistake of his riding career.

He said: “It’s disappointing to hear that the owners want to take action, but I understand their thinking. It was a very bad mistake on my part. I’m very disappointed in myself and it was just down to inexperience.”

How the unseat unfolded . . .


Explaining the incident, Reed added: “We got in a little tight and the shape he makes when he’s in tight like that you have to get right back in the saddle. I tried to slip my reins as much as possible and just ran out and they pinged out my hands. It’s one of those things and I haven’t made a bad mistake like that before, and hopefully I never will again.”

Reed, whose father Tim is a jockey coach, has tried to learn from the experience. “With mistakes like that you don’t want to watch them over and over but I’ve forced myself to and I’ve been over it with Dad and Peter Scudamore and both said to learn from it and move on. They’ve given me some pointers to work on with my position over a fence, but the only way to do that is to get more experience. These things are sent to try us.”

BHA spokesman Robin Mounsey said: “It is BHA policy never to comment on investigations or speculation surrounding possible investigations.”


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