Horse Racing

Jockey wins on first ride for FOUR years after taking break for mental health reasons

EMOTIONAL Robert Tart returned to the saddle after four years off with a bang.

He partnered Uber Cool to a memorable win at Chester after the 28-year-old took a break from the sport due to mental health issues.

Tart partnered the 14-1 shot to a memorable success at Chester
Tart had continued to ride at yards but not on the track

Tart had risen up the ranks before his break and had bagged a couple of stakes races for big-time trainer John Gosden.

But after suffering from depression, Tart bravely decided to take a step back from the intensity of weighing room life.

However, he returned to the fold in style on Jane Chapple-Hyam’s Uber Cool, who himself was returning to the track after a two-and-a-half year break.

Tart was pleased as punch and carried out an emotional interview after his win in the aptly-named Mental Health UK Handicap at Chester.

He said: “I always dreamed of riding as a young lad and I had a little bit of a speed wobble, as I like to call it, for the past couple of years.

“I found it quite difficult, but now I’m working for Jane, I have a licence and just rode a winner for her on my first ride back.

“I’ve been off the track for four years, the horse has been off the track for two and a half years, so it’s really exciting and I’m really looking forward to the future.

“The absence was simply for reasons that I had to get over myself. Now we’re OK, everything is good, so I’m looking forward to it.”

Of Uber Cool, he added: “We’ve got an amazing bond.

“The way he quickened up today was brilliant, I was not expecting that. He sat back in the stalls a bit, jumped slow, but he travelled great so I’m really pleased.”

It was a timely winner for Chapple-Hyam who sends stable star Saffron Beach to next Friday’s Oaks at Epsom.


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