Leighton Aspell is a top National Hunt jockey with the unusual and unique status of having a fan club.The Leighton Aspell Fan Club was formed August 2001 by just a handful of dedicated followers from Worthing Sussex, by the end of the year the club had grown to well over 100.It was mainly tongue in check and run for a bit of fun.
We started supporting Leighton because he did not have the best horses to ride or the big stables to ride for, but he was always amongst to top ten jockeys in the country.At first Leighton himself knew nothing of the fan club and only found out by his changing room colleges, who had notice the fan club getting regularmentions on Sky TVs Attheraces, In factIn the early years of the fan club we entered the Sky TVs Attheraces Tipping competition and to our surprise we won. Helped by one of our daily tips winner at 50/1. a horse nameHomeleigh Mooncoin, and not surprisingly ridden by Leighton Aspell.
The fan club grew and grew just by word of mouth and it became very popular with the media and theracehorse fraternity and indeed at the same time promoted Leighton’s name.
Amongst its members the club had racehorse owners, stable staff and TV presenters, and Attheraces kingpin Robert Cooper known as Sir Bob, became the fan clubs honorary member.
The fan club also supported Greatwood retired racehorse centre in which it sponsored a old rescued racehorse called Seek The Faith,as well as raising money for other charities.
For four consecutive years the fan club sponsored a race at Fontwell Park.‘The Leighton Aspell Fan Club Handicap Chase’,Leighton never won the race, his best finish was 2nd on Smart Guy in 2006. Many fan club members turned up for the annual event and on one occasion were photographed with their idol by top racing photographer Edward Whitaker, The day after the photo was actually on the front page of the racing Post.
For 12 years the members enjoyed a rather unique monthly magazine, but in 2013 the publication came to an end, but the fan club continues online atleightonaspellfanclub.com where everyone can view all the latest stats, news and daily tips all for FREE!.
fan club news: After 12 successful years the fan club's monthly magazine comes to an end in June 2013. The fan club will still carry on through the website, but in name only. The website will be updated daily and from 1st July 2013 will include some of the item that appeared in the magazine. Such as - 'Race Reports' - a report on Leightons every race, normally within seconds of the race finishing: Upto date standings- Wins Places and £1 stake total: 'Latest Bookings' - Be the first to find out leightons Future booking up dated regularly, and on many ocassions before the racing press. Plus lots more. Membership to the club also end in June 2013. But the website is open to everyone for FREE: Enjoy the website, keep supporting Leighton Aspell. Thankyou for your loyal support:
Leighton shocked his many loyal fans on the 19th July 2007 when he announced his retirement from the saddle. Hundreds of e-mails and letters came flooding into the fan club, many from owners, trainers and racing presenters who couldn't believe his decision to quit when he was probably at the peak of his profession and at the relatively young age of just 31:
FANTASTIC NEWS - came in April 2009 when Leighton decided come out of retirement and start racing again. He was missing the camaraderie of his fellow jockeys in the changing room and the excitement of raceriding. Leighton's been really missed by his hundreds of loyal followers No doubt they'll be overjoyed with the news that Leighton is back - What a jockey!!!
When Leighton retired from the saddle he found work at John Dunlops Castle Stables in Arundel where he spent 18 month learning to become a trainer.
Leighton said " I'm grateful to Mr Dunlop. I worked at a great place with a great man and learned a lot, I enjoyed it, and see myself training one day. But I want to ride for as long as I am wanted and am able to".
After his first day back in the saddle Leighton said " Its great to be back but I had to get used to the speed factor after just schooling horses over the past year or so. It took me by suprise".
Leighton went on to say -"Six months before I retired I wasn't enjoying racing or going racing. I was losing my competitve edge. I wanted to get away. I managed to get a pupil assistant job with John Dunlop and ended up training. But towards the end of the year I began to miss race riding. I spoke to some of the trainer I used to ride for and the feed back was positive, so I dicided to come".
Leighton rode over 400 winner before he retired the highlight being 2 Welsh Nationals and Runner up in the Aintree Grand Nation.
Leighton is in great demand again from trainers who want their horses schooling, he's been busy schooling at Nick Giffords, Roger Teals, Lucy Wadham, Tim McCarthy, and Laura Mongon , He's even rode out a couple of 2 year olds for Peter Winkworth. - What a Jockey!!!
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