Jamie Goldstein glad to be back in Gloucestershire as trainer Martin Keighley's right-hand man
JAMIE Goldstein feels like he has come home after being reunited with Martin Keighley.
The duo know each other well from their days at Nigel Twiston-Davies' yard and are now back together following Goldstein's appointment as Keighley's assistant trainer at Condicote Stables.
Bonded by their association with 2000 Hennessy Gold Cup winner King's Road, Goldstein jumped at the chance to team up with Keighley and work with horses of the calibre of Paddy Power Gold Cup-bound Champion Court.
"It was my wife Kimberley who saw the advert and spoke to Belinda (Keighley's wife) and then Martin rang me," he said.
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"I came down and had a look around and once I'd spoken to Martin and had a look at the facilities and the horses I couldn't really refuse.
"There are loads of good facilities here, it's in a really good area up on the hill with plenty of fresh air and Martin's got so much enthusiasm.
"I'm here first thing in the morning, feeding the horses and checking their legs and making sure they're okay and generally assisting Martin in everyday things.
"We talk to each other all the time about horses and what they should be doing.
"It's basically another set of eyes looking around and having someone else to talk to and bounce ideas off.
"It's been really, really good. I've enjoyed it and settled in really quickly.
"Martin and Belinda have made me feel at home straightaway and I couldn't be happier.
"It's been like coming home for me, even with this accent!
"I'm originally from Brighton and after I left school I moved up to Nigel Twiston-Davies' and I spent five or six years there.
"I spent 10 years up in the Cotswolds, living in Winchcombe, and then I got offered the job as assistant trainer at Sheena West's so I moved back down to Lewes.
"I had a lot of success as assistant to Sheena West. We had a couple of Graded hurdles winners on Golan Way and that got me into the training side of things, being there and riding out the horses every day.
"Last season I was champion jockey in Jersey. I'd been going out there for two and half seasons and it's good craic out there.
"I had a few injuries that stunted things but when I look back on my career I'm very happy with it and now I've opened a new chapter with a new job.
"As a jockey you've always got to look at what's coming around the corner and I've always taken an interest in the training side.
"It's very hard nowadays and when you get a job opportunity like this you take it."
Goldstein has been riding on the Flat and over jumps in recent years, a trend which has become increasingly popular.
He has now quit race-riding so that he can spend as much time as possible with his family – wife Kimberley and children Sophie, eight, and Oliver, five – and focus his efforts on giving his all to his new job.
"I was riding a lot in Jersey and my family are still down in Sussex, so on my weekends off when I could go home it usually fell on a Jersey meeting," he said.
"So I would go home for Saturday afternoon and then go to Jersey on the Sunday and I'd only see the kids for half a day.
"Also, working here, if I were to keep riding and say I've got a ride at such and such a place it wouldn't work. You've got to put 110 per cent into it.
"We've just got to build on what's been happening here already.
"Look at what Martin's done in eight or nine years of training and the horses we've got – we've got some serious 'Saturday' horses – and then you look at the youngsters as well, you can't help but walk around the yard and think, 'These are nice horses'."
Among the horses Goldstein has been impressed with at Condicote Stables is Castle Cheetah, owned by Bryan and Anni Eccles and winner of his only point-to-point.
"He carries himself so well and does everything you ask him to and he's enjoying it as well," said Goldstein.