Peter Niven

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Peter Niven (b. 7 Aug 1964)[1] is a retired British jump jockey in National Hunt racing.[2] In May 2001 he became the first Scotsman and sixth jockey to ride over 1,000 winners, eventually retiring in September that year with 1002 winners.[3] At the time of his retirement he was the only jockey to have won five races in a day on four separate occasions.[4] He is now a racehorse trainer.

Racing career[edit]

Niven won his first race at Sedgefield in 1984 on a horse called Loch Brandy.[3] After struggling for a few years to make his way in the sport, he teamed up with Mary Reveley at her Saltburn stables in Clevelend soon forging a formidable partnership.[3] He became a professional jockey in 1986.[5] Some of the 'major' races he won include:

Notable wins[edit]

Grand National[edit]

He rode in the Grand National on six occasions:


  • Lester Award: Jump Jockey of the Year 1991[7]
  • Lester Award: Jump Jockey Special Recognition Award 2000[8]


  1. ^ "Birthdays". The Guardian. Guardian Media. 7 Aug 2014. p. 33. 
  2. ^ "Leading jump jockey retires". Horse & Hound. 27 September 2001. Retrieved 6 November 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "Niven - a racing great". BBC. 27 September 2001. Retrieved 5 November 2012. 
  4. ^ "Jump racing's six of the best". BBC. 27 August 2002. Retrieved 5 November 2012. 
  5. ^ "Jump jockey Peter turns pro". The Herald (Glasgow). 6 January 1986. Retrieved 6 November 2012. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n "Peter Niven". The Aintree Database. Retrieved 6 November 2012. 
  7. ^ "The Lesters - Past Winners" (PDF). Professional Jockeys Association (United Kingdom). 2009. Retrieved 6 November 2012. 
  8. ^ "Darley and McCoy voted top riders". The Daily Telegraph. 1 April 2001. Retrieved 6 November 2012.