Questionnaire: Jamie Osborne, former jockey

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What will you miss most?

The adrenaline rush that riding a winner produces.

What was your favourite horse?

Large Action was my favourite and the best not to win a Champion Hurdle.

What meal are you looking forward to eating regularly now that you don't have to watch your weight?

I've never really suffered weight problems like other jockeys. In fact I may well lose weight with worry about my new career as a trainer.

And what drink?

I'm delighted to say that I haven't really missed out on any drink.

When you become a trainer, will you have a bet?

Yes.

Name a future champion jockey.

Andrew Tinkler, aged 13. Son of former jockey and successful trainer Nigel.

Where will you holiday this year?

You must be joking. No holiday for me this year. I have too much planning to do to get my new career underway.

When did you last cry?

I was quite emotional when I rode Coome Hill to win the John Durkin Memorial Chase on my first day back riding last autumn after having been off the course for several months with a serious wrist injury. And it was on TV.

How many bones have you broken in your career in the saddle?

Including those I have broken more than once, about 40.

Are you a good cook?

Absolutely useless! Beans on toast is my limit.

Who will win the Grand National?

I originally thought Suny Bay because he's jumped round the Aintree course and run second in the race twice. Now I'm not so sure. Use a pin.

Alan Nixon

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