Pogson set to join training ranks after final rides at Southwell
Jump jockey Adam Pogson will have his last two rides at Southwell on Sunday afternoon before swapping his saddle for a trainer's licence.
The 35-year-old is taking over from father Charles at their Farnsfield base in Nottinghamshire, and is keen to attract new owners to the yard.
"I'm retiring today and a new chapter begins," Pogson said on Sunday morning. "I'm looking forward to it and all being well I'll be taking the licence out around January time.
"I'm ambitious and want to get some new owners. As soon as they come up to our place they'll think it's fantastic, we've got really good facilities, we just need the horses. I can train as well as the next man down the road, it's just getting the horses.
"Dad's old school and isn't very good with his owners. Nowadays you've got to be in the owners' and trainers' bar having a bottle of champagne with them, going out for meals and playing golf with them."
Pogson has been riding under rules since 2001, with his best season coming in the 2009-10 campaign when he bagged 13 winners. He has ridden 109 winners and thinks Overtoujay offers him the best chance of signing off with a success.
"The weight has been telling over the last few years," he added. "It's hard when you're riding only once or twice a week.
"I think Overtoujay has a decent chance. He's off a nice weight, and ran his best race over fences here first time."
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