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TEAM PROFILE: Roddy Griffiths

As at July 2019

Name: Roddy Griffiths

Role: Head Man

Age: 50 (years young!)

How I got into racing: My parents were involved in the sport and we lived in Newmarket, and my interest in horses and racing grew from there.

I have worked in racing – since leaving school.

Previous roles: I was Assistant Trainer in a flat yard and two jumps yards. I then set up and ran my own breaking and pre-training business for eleven years, and then also worked in equine transport for three years.

Favourite horse in the yard: Boomarang (pictured), as he beautiful to look at, talented and just gets on with life without a fuss.

Favourite horse in racing: Victoria Hill, my daughters point-to-pointer!

Favourite sport (other than racing): Rugby.

In my spare time I enjoy: Walking my dogs and spending time with my family and friends.

My three dinner guests would be: Anyone who makes me laugh!



Sixteen year old Meg Lyth, who joined the team in December 2018, was featured recently on the Racing to School blog on her journey into horseracing and becoming a Racing Groom. It’s a great read and please click here to for the article. Meg is pictured with Junction Fourteen one of her favourites here at #TeamLavelle.


TEAM PROFILE – Paddy Cowley

As at: 2 February 2018

Name: Patrick ‘Paddy’ Cowley

Twitter: @paddycowley

Conditional jockey at Emma Lavelle Racing, currently claiming 7lbs

DOB: 3.8.95

From: Ulveston, Cumbria

Total Career wins: 16 (2017/18 season – 6)

Worked in racing since: 2012, and got into racing by following in his sister’s footsteps, as they rode for various trainers

Previous employers:  Sophie Leech and Jonjo O’Neill

Biggest career achievement to date: riding Join the Clan at the Cheltenham Festival for Jonjo O’Neill and owner J P McManus

Favourite horse in the yard: Flemcara (of course!) – he is a brilliant horse, and team mate, and we have won three races on the bounce together

Other favourite horses: Join the Clan, as he gave me my first winner

Ambition: to be Champion Jump Jockey

Football Team: Manchester United

Role Model: Sir Anthony McCoy (AP McCoy)

My three dinner guests would be: Leonardo Dicaprio, AP McCoy and Cheryl Cole

When not racing: I enjoy a good film or going to the movies.  Bad Boys with Will Smith is one of my favourites