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‘We’ve Definitly place our bets’ says stepmum of Collier Row’s Grand National jockey Danny Cook

PUBLISHED: 10:00 08 April 2017

Definitly Red ridden by Danny Cook, right, on his way to winning the Hillhouse Quarry Handicap Steeple Chase during Ladies Day of the Coral Scottish Grand National Festival at Ayr Racecourse. Picture: Jane Barlow/PA Wire/PA Images

Definitly Red ridden by Danny Cook, right, on his way to winning the Hillhouse Quarry Handicap Steeple Chase during Ladies Day of the Coral Scottish Grand National Festival at Ayr Racecourse. Picture: Jane Barlow/PA Wire/PA Images

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He didn’t sit on a horse till about the age of 16, but today, Collier Row’s Danny Cook will take part in Britain’s biggest horse race, the Grand National.

Jockey Danny Cook at Bangor-On-Dee Racecourse, Wrexham. Picture: Nick Potts/PA Archive/PA Images. Jockey Danny Cook at Bangor-On-Dee Racecourse, Wrexham. Picture: Nick Potts/PA Archive/PA Images.

The 33-year-old, who now lives in York, stands a good chance of taking horse racing’s most sought after prize in only his second run at Aintree.

Along with many others around the borough, the father of two’s step mother, Kathryne Cook, will watch with great anticipation as Danny races round the course on the favourite Definitly Red.

Kathryne, who has been married to Danny’s dad, Robin for 24 years, recalls the shock she and the rest the family felt when Danny came home one day and said he wanted to race horses.

“He had never sat on a horse before so it was a bit strange when he said that was what he wanted to do,” she said.

“He was working with his dad in landscaping and he still comes home in the summer months to help him.”

Danny grew up in Lodge Lane with sisters Tracey, Maria, Billie, and Nikki and brothers Bob and Tony who also help out at the families business Crown Landscapes, in the same lane.

According to Katheryne, Danny started off his career as a stable hand with trainer Barry Leavy based in Staffordshire and then moved onto David Pipe and now works with Brian Ellison in North Yorkshire.

Asked if she has placed a bet, Kathryne responds “definitely”.

“His dad is up there and all his brothers are going there tomorrow.

“We are very proud. I’m going to try and calm myself down.

“We are over the moon and just want him round and the horse in one piece.”

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