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Robbie McNamara turns professional

One of the leading amateur riders in the sport and two time Grade One winning rider Robbie McNamara has decided to turn professional with his first rides as a pro confirmed for this weekend.


Speaking on RacingFM today McNamara broke the news and is looking forward to a fruitful campaign ahead.


“I applied for the licence during the week and just got the go ahead for this weekend, I’m looking forward to it.”


It’s something that has long been in McNamara’s mind having been at the top of the amateur ranks in Ireland for several years including two wins at the Cheltenham Festival last March aboard Silver Concorde and Spring Heeled.


“I was kind of thinking about it last year and just before Christmas I broke my collar bone so that set me out and I put it on the back burner for a while but I’ve decided it’s a good as time as any now, especially as my weight is very good.”


At 6ft 3 inches Robbie stands above most National Hunt jockeys and weight has always been something that required constant minding and attention to compete on the racetrack.


“I’d have turned professional four or five years ago if my weight would have allowed, I worked hard on it the last year and especially the last six months and got the weight down and that’s the main reason that’s allowed me to turn professional.”


A long standing association with leading trainer Dermot Weld so naturally McNamara is looking forward to continuing that as the season progresses with him more available to take rides for the yard.


“He was fine with me doing it, he probably has 12-13 good horses for the season and whilst I’m not to sure about all the riding arrangements hopefully there will be a few decent rides to be got out of it.”


McNamara has ridden winners already many trainers already in his career. “I’ve ridden winners for almost 50 different trainers and have plenty of contacts built up and whilst I’ll probably be a little slow starting off hopefully around Christmas it will have picked up.”


With the weekend approaching and possibly three or four rides to look forward to the future looks bright for McNamara and a busy season ahead.


Picture – Pat Healy

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