Former Irish apprentice star Eddie Linehan has been making waves in Britain this past week and is fast becoming a name to follow under both codes.
The 18-year-old Cork man prefers the national hunt game to the flat and is keen to make the switch to jumping as soon as possible. He has already honed his skills with Willie Mullins and Ferdy Murphy and is looking forward to going full time.
Linehan won on four consecutive rides last week, starting with a flat handicap at Ayr last Monday, then a conditionals maiden hurdle at Uttoxeter on Wednesday and two more apprentice handicaps on the level at Doncaster and Newbury.
“To win four times in a week is fantastic for a young lad like me,” Linehan told the Irish Examiner.
“My future definitely lies over jumps, though. At the moment my licence is with Tim Easterby but I’m probably going to move in the next week or so.
“I began working for Willie Mullins in Ireland, worked a lot for him, and then I moved to Ferdy Murphy. He gave me a couple of rides at the meeting at Cheltenham after the Festival, and I’ve had a couple of winners over hurdles.
“It’s not certain yet, but I may move to Neil Mulholland in the next couple of weeks, or I will go back to Ferdy. I’m not quite sure.”
He continued: “I’m not really from a racing family, but my father did a bit of pre-training and I did a lot of pony racing in Ireland. I’m from more of a farming background.
“I’m riding pretty much everywhere at the moment and the plan’s just to keep tipping away.”