Bio: Formerly a successful, if not universally popular, National Hunt jockey – he was, in fact, christened ‘Pompous Pilot’ by some of his erstwhile weighing-room colleagues – Jamie Osborne retired from racing riding in 1999 and took out a combined training licence shortly afterwards.
Based at The Old Malthouse in Upper Lambourn, near Hungerford, Berkshire, Osborne saddles the occasional runner ‘over the sticks’, but his focus is predominantly on Flat racing. Probably his best horse to date was Milk It Mick, who won the Tattersalls Somerville Stakes and the Darley Dewhurst Stakes, both at Newmarket, on his final two starts as a juvenile in 2003, but Osborne has enjoyed plenty more high-profile successes over the years.
He has saddled half a dozen winners at Royal Ascot, winning the Windsor Castle Stakes twice, with Irony in 2001 and Drawnfromthepast in 2007, the Queen Alexandra Stakes with Enjoy The Moment in 2007, the Buckingham Palace Stakes with Treadwell in 2010, the Royal Hunt Cup with Field Of Dream in 2014 and the Britannia Stakes with Defrocked in 2016.
Osborne has occasionally courted controversy, including when fined £4,000 by the Jockey Club for bringing racing into disrepute in 2002, after being secretly filmed making unguarded comments in the BBC Kenyon Confronts documentary, ‘They Fix Races, Don’t They?’ .
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