Cathal Adam Landers was born on the 20th February 1989 in the small village of Ballybeg, near to the town of Oola, which itself falls within the boundaries of the county of Limerick. He is a professional Jump Jockey and currently works and rides for James Nash.
In his early days Cathal Landers
was a keen sportsman and he enjoyed traditional Irish sports like Hurling and Gaelic Football, but from an early age his real love lay with horses. His first involvement with horses came at an early age with fox hunting where he regularly attended hunts with the North Tipperary Foxhounds and the Scarteen Foxhounds. It was not long after that he first attended the Racing Academy & Centre of Education (R.A.C.E), in County Kildare, where he remained until he graduated and left in 2006.
When he left the R.A.C.E academy in 2006 Landers went to work with the Irish flat trainer James G. Burns at the Curragh. It wasn't long until Landers was given his first ride by Burns in April 2006, just a few weeks after his 17th birthday. The ride came at Limerick on Wednesday 12th April where he rode a horse by the name of La Priola, an outsider at 25/1, in the Derrinstown Stud Apprentice Handicap (Div. 2), where he finished 14th out of 16 starters. It may have been an inauspicious start to his career as a jockey, but Landers had fulfilled his childhood dreams of riding race horses.
continued to work hard for Burns for the next two years, before he moved on and went to work and ride for Enda Bolger where he rode on the very competitive point-to-point circuit, clocking up a handful of decent winners. It wasn't until Sunday 25th October 2009 that Landers got to ride at a racecourse again when he rode a horse, who was very aptly named Quietly Fancied, in the Rocklands’ Service Station (Colts & Geldings) Maiden Hurdle. Again it was a disappointing day for Landers as his mount was ridden out at an early stage, but he remained positive and believed in his ability and his chance to ride on a more regular basis was just around the corner.
In 2010 Cathal Landers
went to work for James Nash and it was there that he got the chance to ride on a more regular basis. At Thurles in November 2010 Landers finished 4th on a horse called Grand Fella, which at the time was his best finish in a professional horse race. In the early part of 2011 Landers returned to the flat and rode for a series of trainers without much success, before returning to the jumps with James Nash. He rode a horse called Rayhani seven times in the space of a few months, finishing in the frame on four separate occasions.
Landers had finally arrived and people were starting to take notice of the promising youngster, and it wasn't long until he rode his first ever winner. It was a Sunday afternoon in August, at Galway races, that Landers steered Star of Aragon to victory in The Galway City Publicans Handicap Hurdle at a very decent price of 12/1. Just two months later at the home of horse racing, Cheltenham, he rode Star of Aragon to victory again, this time in the Centaur at Cheltenham Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Hurdle, again at a starting price of 12/1.
At the Leopardstown Christmas Festival in 2011 Landers rode Star of Aragon to a hat-trick of wins, this time in the Mongey Communications Novice Handicap Hurdle, and for the third time a starting price of 12/1 was returned. Landers had ridden Star of Aragon six times in total and had won three times, a record that the great Tony McCoy would be proud of.
All the years of hard work are now finally paying off for the talented Landers. The early morning workouts of the horses, the mucking out of the stables and all of the studying at the R.A.C.E academy now seem worth it. Look out for the name Cathal Adam Landers at a racecourse near you, as he sure to ride many more winners in the years to come.
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