Carl Llewellyn

In June 2009, it was announced that Carl Llewellyn, who was stable jockey for 19 years, would return to Gtange Hill Farm in partnership with Nigel Twiston-Davies. Born on July 29, 1965 in Pembrokeshire, Wales. Carl started his riding for his farmer father Eryl, riding in point to points and graduated to riding under rules. He began as an amateur with Stan Mellor and Jim Old, his first winner being Stargestic, trained by Roy Robinson, at Wolverhampton on March 14, 1986. He celebrated his first big race victory when landing theMildmay of Flete Challenge Cup Handicap Chase at the 1988 Cheltenham Festival on Smart Tar for trainer Mark Wilkinson. The year 1992 was one of great achievement when he partnered Tipping Tim to win the William Hill National Hunt Handicap Chase at The Festival before going on to triumph in the Grand National on Party Politics (see below). Later that year, he gained another high-profile victory on board Tipping Tim when taking what is now the Paddy Power Gold Cup.

Other big winners included Kings Road in the 1999 Sefton Novices' Hurdle, Sweet Duke in the 1993 Long Walk Hurdle, Mister Morose in the 2000 Aintree Hurdle, Ollie Magern in the 2004 Feltham Novices' Chase and two Charlie Hall Chases in 1994 with Young Hustler and 2005 with Ollie Magern.

Carl's record as a jockey stands the closest scrutiny and with two Grand National wins to his credit, the first on the Nick Gaselee-trained giant 18.1 hands Party Politics in 1992 and the second in 1998 on the Twiston-Davies trained Earth Summit, he can truly be called as top class. Carl had more than a slice of luck in winning the National twice, as he is the first to admit. On both occasions he was a substitute jockey when regular riders Andy Adams and Tom Jenks suffered serious injuries preventing them from riding. It hasn't always gone Carl's way as he turned down the chance to ride Bindaree in the 2002 National and instead was unseated from Beau, leaving Jim Culloty to ride the winner! He rode seven Cheltenham Festival winners in all.

Carl Llewellyn
Carl Llewellyn

Carl has had more than his fair share of injuries and even returned from a jockeys challenge match in Russia with bruised ribs, lungs, kidneys and a stiff neck, but kept bouncing back. He has also broken both legs, his left arm, his collarbone and dislocated his elbow. His best ever season as a jockey was during the 1997/98 season when he rode 82 winners.

Carl moved to Lambourn to become assistant trainer and jockey to Mark Pitman at Weathercock House in August 2005, taking over the reins himself ten months later. Within a couple of weeks, he had landed his first big prize when riding and training 33/1 chance Run For Paddy, to capture the Scottish Grand National at Ayr. However, despite several successes on behalf of Weathercock House, he was replaced by Warren Greatrex.