Highlights of a riding career ended too early

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JAMIE OSBORNE’S first winner came courtesy of Fair Bavard at Southwell in March 1986. Shortly afterwards, he became Nicky Henderson’s conditional jockey in Lambourn.

His big break came in May 1989 when he became stable jockey to Oliver Sherwood and won the 1990 Hennessy aboard Arctic Call. Osborne’s finest hour in the saddle came at the 1992 Cheltenham Festival when his five winners included the Queen Mother Champion Chase hero Remittance Man.

His career was then curtailed by injury, including a fall at Cheltenham in November 1997 when the bones in his left wrist were shattered into 15 pieces. “There was nothing but skin holding my arm on,” he says.

After an emotional comeback win on Coome Hill that celebrated the passing of his great friend John Durkan from leukaemia, another fall at Cheltenham in March 1999 effectively ended his career as a rider.

As a trainer, Osborne’s first major success came when Irony landed the 2001 Windsor Castle Stakes at Royal Ascot, while he has fond memories of Moth and Geordieland winning at York.

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