The Jockey That Switched To The Jumps From The Flat

It is not very often you see a jockey be able to perform at the highest standard over both jumps and on the flat but Conditional rider Oakley Brown has decided to swap his trade on the flat to now tackle the obstacles.

The 17 year old jockey was a very promising apprentice on the flat and landed the William Hill Ayr Bronze Cup in September on board the Richard Fahey trained Lucky Lucky Man, which was his biggest achievement in his career to date.

With that in mind and what looked a promising career on the flat those plans have been scrapped and the youngster will now ply his trade over the jumps working under trainer Alan King, who is flying at the moment.

This decision to switch over to jumps comes with a lot of thought behind it from the youngster with him always being fearful of his height and weight and with him still growing up, he thinks that might have derailed any plans he had to be a flat jockey.

On Monday Brown scored for the first time in the national hunt scene Eyes Right scored an easy win in the mares' bumper at Southwell.

This Alan King trained runner was the 17 year olds first ride in the jumps sphere and he looked comfortable from the offset, never needing to use the whip and just getting his mare to win six lengths clear of the field with just hands and heels.

(Credit Racing Post) The conditional rider said: "I made the decision in October to make the switch," said the winning rider.

"The weight became too hard on the Flat, which was always going to happen."

The jockey before taking to the horse racing scene was a former pony champion and can't wait to get his first ride over obstacles, to officially start his career.

He added: "I'm loving it now - jumping is excellent and I'm with the best person in Mr King, who has been excellent. I've been with him just over ten weeks now and a top yard is the best place to be.

"Hopefully I'll ride over jumps sometime soon but we'll keep going how we are for now."

Another jockey that comes to mind when a story like this comes to life is Graham Lee, he did it the other way round changing from the jumps to the flat which is normally what is seen if jockeys do decide to change codes.

Oakley Brown may just turn into a superb national hunt jockey and might be someone to watch out for.