Who can forget the 2009 Grand National when little known jockey Liam Treadwell only went and won with Mon Mome at 100/1 for trainer Venetia Williams? It was an epic day for every punter who backs the long shot and would go down in history as the longest odds winner since Foinavon in 1967.
The unforgettable interview that followed with Clare Balding will go down in history, on the back of which Treadwell was generously given a nice new set of pearly whites and all the world seemed at his feet as he rapidly became a house hold name.
But the meteoric rise to fame did not translate when it came to his profession and unlike many Grand National winning jockeys before and since, he wasn’t able to capitalise on the win. So much so that when speaking recently to Racing UK he said “Eighteen months ago my back was against the wall and I had to make a tough decision, I thought I was going to have to walk away from the sport.
“Financially more than anything was the problem, tracking around the country and not making ends meet.”
By all accounts he had a long chat with Venetia Williams who told him to get his head down, work hard and she’d see what she could do by way of more rides. And that’s exactly what he did.
The reward was evidenced on Thursday when, on board Carrickboy at 50/1, Treadwell pulled another epic long shot win out of the bag and romped home for his first in a Cheltenham Festival in the Byrne Gold Plate.
Williams was genuinely and unsurprisingly full of praise for him saying “Liam had a good stable jockey job elsewhere and I thought with the season he had I thought he would have a winner so I offered him to come ride out for us and rides would come his way.”
Speaking immediately after the win at Cheltenham Treadwell said “I’ve come close before but to finally win here is amazing. What a buzz I got out there, he jumped from fence to fence and I’ve been able to get a blow into him and he was game up the hill for me.
“His jumping was key today because I didn’t want to press on too soon. It’s great for Venetia and the team, they’ve had such a good year and a winner here as well is great.”
His Twitter profile uses the quote: May I Sail on the Sea of Ambition, and Land on the Shore of Success…
I think you just have Liam and good for you!
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