Kirsty Milczarek

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search

Kirsty Milczarek is a professional jockey, riding in thoroughbred horse races.[1] She is of Polish descent but was born in the UK, where she is based in Newmarket.

Riding career[edit]

Kirsty Milczarek became involved in horse racing after leaving a successful career in showjumping. She is currently a successful freelance rider, with her own website at http://kirsty-milczarek.com .

Kirsty rose to fame with a phenomenally successful winter in 2007/2008, where she rode 42 all-weather race winners between November and March.[2] This took her to the Leading Apprentice title for the winter season, and to overall second-place behind Chris Catlin, and three winners ahead of Hayley Turner. In February 2008 Kirsty also gained fame when riding three winners on an afternoon, at Kempton Park Racecourse - so far the only time this has been achieved by a female rider in the UK.[3]

Kirsty Milczarek became of one of a small handful of female jockeys to achieve professional status in August 2008 by riding out her claim (a "claim" is the weight reduction given to the weight horses carry when ridden by less experienced riders; in the UK a claim is no longer assigned to a jockey once they have ridden 75 winners).

False accusations of corruption[edit]

On May 20, 2011, it was reported that Milczarek, along with three other jockeys and a trainer had "...intentionally failed to ensure that a horse ran on its merits...", and subsequently charged under the sport's anti-corruption rules.[4] In December 2011 Milczarek was found guilty by the British Horseracing Authority and banned from riding for two years,[5] but immediately lodged an appeal.[6] On 10 April 2012, Milczarek's ban was overturned by the BHA's appeals panel after new evidence was presented.[7] SInce this, Kirsty has returned to raceriding and has refound her previous success, including continuing to ride for Luca Cumani.

Personal life[edit]

Milczarek is based in Newmarket. She currently is employed largely by Luca Cumani. She was in a relationship with former Champion Jockey Kieren Fallon,[8] which ended as a result of the groundless race-fixing allegations.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Jockey Kirsty Milczarek, records Statistics", Racing Post. Retrieved on 26 December 2010.
  2. ^ "All Weather season statistics 2007/2008", Racing Post. Retrieved on 30 December 2010.
  3. ^ "Kirsty Milczarek puts on style with first treble", The Daily Telegraph, London 10 January 2008. Retrieved on 26 December 2010.
  4. ^ Greg Wood (20 May 2011). "British Horseracing Authority charges four jockeys with corruption". London: Guardian. Retrieved 2012-04-11. 
  5. ^ "Four jockeys banned for corruption by BHA". BBC. 2011-12-14. Retrieved 2012-04-11. 
  6. ^ Marcus Townend (2011-12-21). "Jockey Kirsty Milczarek lodges appeal against ban". London: Daily Mail. Retrieved 2012-04-11. 
  7. ^ Horse Racing (10 April 2012). "Kirsty Milczarek wins appeal against two-year corruption ban". London: Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2012-04-11. 
  8. ^ "And they're off... on a holiday", The Sun, London 7 April 2008. Retrieved on 26 December 2010.