Top jumps jockey to switch codes

Updated: March 27, 2012

Graham Lee has announced that he is to switch from been a jump jockey to a flat jockey when he returns from injury next month.

Lee, who rode Inglis Drever to win a World Hurdle and Amberleigh House to win a Grand National in his time, has been in the unusual position of struggling to keep weight on rather than trying to keep it off.

That struggle has promoted this dramatic descision and Lee, speaking to Racing UK, is excited about the fresh challenge saying “I’m flying now, things are going great. I’m going to concentrate on riding on the Flat when I come back. I’ve always had to work very hard to keep weight on and since my fall at Southwell even more so.

“When I got back from the hospital I was 9st12lb, now I’m 8st12lb. I can’t really face the gym to put a stone back on so I’m going for the Flat.

“I’m aiming to be back the last week of April. I’m going to be getting around and showing my face. A couple of trainers have called and said they’d support me.

“It’s very different riding a 3m chase at Hexham to a 5f sprint at Ripon, but I’m sure I’ll adapt pretty quick and I’ll give it 110 per cent.

“I don’t know if I can be a top five or six jockey but I’m so focused. Am I riding on the Flat to wind down my career? Not a chance.”

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