Hello everyone, my name is Joseph Knight and I’m a racing expert, but you’ll probably know me best as Ginger Joe. Now, the question people ask me most often is how I got into horse racing in the first place, so here goes.
Let’s start by saying that I was born and raised in Cheltenham, the absolute home of racing. If you live in Cheltenham, you cannot avoid horses and racing, as the town literally lives and breathes them all year round.
As a young lad, I spent a lot of time with my Grandad, who started taking me to the races with him when I was around six or seven years old. At 10 years of age, I also started playing golf (another of Grandad’s passions) but actually got really good at it.
Fast forward a few years and just as I was seriously considering a career in golf, I was approached by someone who wanted to sponsor me to play professionally. As you can imagine, it was a dream come true for me!
So, I ended up living the dream and playing the European tours for almost seven years. I didn’t do too badly either and I was amongst the top 500 golfers in the world at one stage. However, all good things must come to an end and there came a point where I had to acknowledge that I wasn’t getting any younger and also, I was missing the racing.
Returning to Cheltenham really was coming home for me in every sense of the word and there was no shadow of a doubt that my future lay within the world of horse racing. When I am asked what I do for a living these days, I love being able to answer by telling them that I am a racing expert.
Although it might sound glamorous, I have to work really hard to keep up with the racing seven days a week, but having a passion that has lasted for 25 years definitely helps the cause!
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