I had a great childhood growing up in Stevenage. Sadly, the fun stopped when Barnwell School began to get serious with our exams and started sending us to the Career Officer. I had no idea what I wanted to do. I was not academic, small for my age and had a talent for getting into trouble. By chance I saw a newsflash on TV about a superstar jockey called Steve Cauthen from the USA. He was nicknamed 'The Six Million Dollar Kid'. Previously the idea of me becoming a jockey had always been a joke at school and so it never had any credibility to me then, but suddenly the lights came on. I sat there mesmerized. He was only 17 and already a huge star. When I next visited the Careers Officer I told her the good news, and then she told me the bad news! Statistically few ever made it as jockeys. Thousands try but few succeed. She also told me just how dangerous it was and advised me to reconsider, but none of what she said mattered.