HORSE RACING: Fentiman ends good season with injury

The 2012 turf season is over for Market Rasen flat race jockey Duran Fentiman and though he did not quite match his winners total of 2011 he more than made up for it with two big race wins on Body and Soul.

Fentiman had 27 winners this year, which was three down on his 2011 total of 30. His total race prize money was well up at £390,954 compared with £184,477 in 2011. In 2012 he had 401 rides compared to 373 in 2011.

But the season ended with a broken collar bone for Fentiman, who has taken a holiday in warmer climes and hopes the injury will clear up in time for him to be able to do some all weather riding in the new year.

The former De Aston School student, who is based with top trainer Tim Easterby at Malton, saw his 2012 riding season end with the injury when he needed just three more winners to equal last year’s total.

He said: “I shall take a rest, I feel I need one, its been a long hard summer, then I plan to ride on the all weather tracks during the winter.”

In July, Fentiman was on board when Body and Soul won the £180,000 Newbury showpiece and then had another big date with the horse at Redcar in the autumn.

The race, for two-year-old colts and fillies, was worth at least £125,386, and it completed a £305,000 double for Fentiman.

“She is very fast. It was a fantastic two days,”said Fentiman.

Jockeys normally get just over seven per cent of winning prize money and Fentiman was delighted with his 2012 turf season that began in March and ended in November. In terms of prize money it was the biggest year in the career of the local jockey.


Market Rasen jockey Duran Fentiman who has had the best season of his career in 2012.