I’M well used to having to sit around and be patient with an uncertain future so this Covid-19 lockdown probably isn’t affecting me quite as much as many others. I’m probably living a normal life again for the first time since I was 14 or 15.

Growing up, I played hurling, football, rugby, basketball, golf, soccer, you name it I played and I was in great shape when I decided to give racing a go. During my years of riding I put my body through things it certainly shouldn’t have been put through. I was too tall to be a jockey but I was too thick to admit it, even to myself, and I sat in saunas and baths for hours and hours every single week for 11 years.