IRC Q&A: Pat Cosgrave
Known to have a strong pair of hands best suited for fast-paced action, and his work ethic, Irishman Pat Cosgrave has ridden for some of the best stables in the world, with 10 Gr1 wins to his credit in the UK, Germany and Australia, where he won the 2018 G1 Caulfield Cup on Godolphin’s stalwart, Benbatl.
He has ridden in Ireland, UK, France, Germany, Italy, Turkey, South Africa, Dubai, Saudi Arabia, Australia and New Zealand, with the US on his bucket list.
Pat, who turns 40 this year, is in the prime of his career and a seasonal regular in Dubai, where his successful association with Godolphin continues. He has ridden over 100 winners in the UAE alone since the start of the 2017/18 season.
We caught ‘Patsy’ midway through the current Dubai season and we thank him for participating in our snap Q & A, below:
1. Full name? Patrick Cosgrave
2. Date of Birth? 2nd of June, 1982.
3. Steak or sushi? Steak
4. Superstitions? Magpies
5. Fav Holiday Destination? Sorrento, Italy
6. Which: BMW or Merc? Merc
7. Who inspires you the most? Kids.
8. Big night out or quiet night in? In the past, a big night out, but no more.
9. Left-handed or right-handed? Right handed, but left-footed!
10. Best racecourse ridden at? York
11. What annoys you the most? Bad riding
12. What’s your party trick? First to get drunk.
13. Biggest influence on your career? My Dad.
14. Funniest person you have ever met? Kevin Shea
15. The Derby or The Dubai World Cup? The DWC.
16. Strict whip rules or no whip at all? Strict rules are necessary.
17. What is your biggest phobia? Snakes, rats.
18. Most embarrassing moment? Going into winner’s enclosure when I got beat!
19. Colts or fillies? Colts
20. One thing to make racing better for everyone? I’d like to see less racing and bigger prize monies.
21. Should jockeys’ minimum weight be raised? Yes.
22. Jon Zucal or Sam Shinsky? Mr Shinsky
23. Golf handicap? 13
24. Proudest Achievement? Winning the Diamond Jubilee at Royal Ascot on Society Rock.
25. Economy or business class? Business.
26. Your star sign? Gemini
27. Single or taken? Taken.
28. Bath or shower? Bath
29. Read or Netflix? Netflix
30. Would you rather ask for permission or ask for forgiveness? Forgiveness.
Nominate someone for our Q&A next? Kevin Shea
Nominate two horses to follow for the rest of this season
Storm Damage and Real World
Chosen charity for readers to donate to:
Injured Jockeys Fund – IRC.