NOW I SEE THE LIGHT
Jockey Andre Martin says his true love for horse racing has returned, wants to ride overseas
JOCKEY Andre Martin is admitting that for a while he was in the dark but has now emerged from the darkness and is seeing the light with regards to his career and is declaring that he is ready, for the best is yet to come from him in the saddle.
"From the back-end of last year until now, I have not ridden a winner. I lost interest in the game. I didn't feel the fire or the energy to ride horses again, and it came to the point where I asked myself the question — should I continue my career as a jockey?
"Then I got a dream and my question was answered. The dream showed me why I became a jockey in the first place and how far I can take my career, and so I started to get more involved with racing and every day it seems that the love for the sport is returning and actually growing. I am ready now, both mentally and physically," Martin told the Complete Racing Guide.
The 25-year-old Martin says he is also thinking of expanding his career by developing his skills overseas.
"The best is yet to come. I am regaining my confidence in the profession and my main aim at the moment is to ride overseas, I want to expand my career and make a name for myself.
"I know it is going to take hard work and dedication, but I am committed to doing what it takes to move forward, and start winning more races," he said.
Martin, who started riding in 2006, said that the main elements of winning races are confidence and hard work.
"As long as you are confident in yourself you can win races... once you put in the extra hard work you can win races. I just need to keep working hard and have the patience," the 25-year-old said.
He also said that the main reason for not getting more rides is mainly because he has a weight problem.
"The rides are very difficult to get right at this time, as I am not confirmed to any stable, I also have a weight problem and that makes it difficult for me to secure the rides as most trainers don't want their horses to go overweight.
"But I am working hard to control my weight. My plan is to ride at 51.5 kgs or 113 lbs," he said.
Martin, who graduated from Jamaica College and came straight into racing, said that he has no regrets choosing a profession in the racing industry but could have been more serious with his approach.
"I have no regrets. Since I came here everyone has supported me. But looking back, I could have handled things better, I could have taken my career a bit more seriously. I was always joking around, I guess I became too comfortable.
"But the jokes are over, and in a few weeks there will a new Andre Martin," he affirmed.
-- Ruddy Allen