What they say! - Jockey Aaron Chatrie
When did your start your career as a jockey?
I started my career as a jockey in September of 2009 but I was involved in the sport at a younger age as I was around trainer Carl Anderson, who was also my apprentice master. Being around horses on a regular basis, I got a liking for them and so the decision was really a simply one for me.
Which horse was your first winner?
My first winner was aboard the Carl Anderson-trained Steel De Cat over 1,000 metres round. Steel De Cat was a very fast horse, and from the gates opened the race was over. I really did enjoy my first win, it was a wonderful day that I won't forget.
Which horse was your longest odds winner?
My longest odds winner was Tudor Dynasty at odds of 56-1 for trainer Kingsley Davis over seven furlongs. This horse was running some fair races at the time and although no one gave us a chance in the betting, I was very confident in victory. Overall it was a good win for me.
Which is the best horse that you have ridden?
I have ridden a few good horses but to me the best horse that I have ridden is The Guv trained by Spencer Chung. He is a very consistent horse and even now in his old age, he is running some good races among graded horses.
Which is the best horse that you have seen race at Caymanas Park?
Well I have seen so many good horses at the Park but I would say that Miracle Man is best horse that I have seen race at Caymanas Park. Trained by Allan Williams, Miracle Man was an outstanding race horse, winning his races impressively and was also consistent and a fighter. Unfortunately he didn't win the Triple Crown in his time but he went on to win the Superstakes as well. He also went abroad to win a classic race and that only speaks of his abilities. Just a brilliant race horse.
Who influenced your career the most?
Since I have been in the racing industry everyone has been good to me. But I would like to give special thanks to my father (Neville Chatrie), who is always behind me, my uncle, family, friends and my apprentice master Carl Anderson. Anderson always gives me support and encouragement. He is the main reason for my accomplishments so far and for that I say thank you Sir Anderson.