Not only is he one of the all-time great jockeys, Alan is a very charming and personable individual and also a thinker.
Not content with just winning races, in 2000 he made a courageous decision to take a sabbatical to better himself and discover life outside racing.
His intention was to return to riding a fitter, tougher and more mentally agile jockey, enabling him to ride at the highest class for another 10 years. Sure enough in early 2005 he showed up in New Zealand where he booted home some winners to get fit for a comeback to racing in the UK.
It took Alan about 7 years to start to make his mark in racing. He is recognised along with Darryl Holland as being the first of the jockeys to introduce the American style of riding into the UK in the early 1990's.
Alan's work riding experience in California in the late 1980's helped mould the characteristic syle of his in the saddle.
His style was already moulded to the US "toe-in-the iron & flat back with telescopic whip" when he arrived in Madrid in May 1990 to lift the Spanish Derby on the wild Akelarre.
In Spain in the 1990's, Alan was a popular favourite with owners and he lifted many big races, mainly for the Cuadra Alborada.
He has an affinty for tight tracks and was an ace around the notorious San Sebastian track in the 1990's.
Then in early 1991, Alan landed a prestigious contract to ride in the green silks of Fahd Salman, whose horses were mainly stabled with Paul Cole at Whatcombe.
In early June, Alan lifted racing's jewel by taking the Epsom Derby on the great Generous. They were to later defeat subsequent Arc winner Suave Dancer in the Irish Derby and then sizzle home in the King George and Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Stakes in late July.
Definitely a jockey any owner would want on their side, Alan tries every time, at any track. To date he has notched up 39 Group races around the world !
Mistertopogigio ("as wide as a bus and as strong as an ox!")
Apprenticed to Barry Hills 1983-1986.
First ride, Newbury 1984.
First winner, Yarmouth 1985 - Sentimental Roses
Moved to Mel Brittain 1986-1989 as apprentice
1990: Retained as First Jockey (still an apprentice) by W. O'Gorman.
1990: Second retainer Mrs. L. Ramsden
1990: March: Obtained Full Jockey Licence
1991: April: Retained as First Jockey to H.R.H. Prince Fahd Salman
1991-2000: Contracted to ride in Hong Kong each year.
1994, 1995 & 1998: Contracted to ride in Japan
1995: Contracted to ride in South Africa
2000 June: Four year sabatical
2005: March..returns to the UK with highest early season winning %.
Major Races Won
Group 1 (12)
1990 - Heinz 57 - Mac's Imp--IRELAND
1990 - Spanish Derby - Akelarre--SPAIN
1990 - Spanish Grand Prix - Akelarre--SPAIN
1991 - English Derby - Generous--UK
1991 - Irish Derby- Generous--IRELAND
1991 - King George VI & Q.E.II Diamond Stakes - Generous--UK
1992 - Prix D'Ispahan - Zoman--FRANCE
1992 - Budweiser International - Zoman--AMERICA
1993 - Premio Presidente Della Republicca - Great Palm--ITALY
1993 - Italian Oaks - Bright Generation--ITALY
1997 - Hong Kong Champion & Charter Cup - Indigenous--HONG KONG
2000 - Hong Kong Gold Cup - Industrialist--HONG KONG
Group 2 (9)
1990 - Richmond Stakes - Mac's Imp UK
1991 - Tattersalls Gold Cup - Zoman UK
1991 - Richmond Stakes - Dilum UK
1992 - Primo Guido Berardelli - Jape ITALY
1992 - Prix Guillaurie D'Ornano - Great Palm ITALY
1992 - Gimcrack Stakes - Splendent UK
1993 - Lowther Stakes - Velvet Moon UK
1998 - Sha Tin Vase - Astimonti HONG KONG
2000 - Queen Elizabeth II Cup - Industrialist HONG KONG
Group 3 (18)
1990 - Coventry Stakes - Mac's Imp--UK
1991 - Diomed Stakes - Sylva Honda--UK
1991 - Coventry Stakes - Dilum--UK
1991 - Norfolk Stakes - Magic Ring--UK
1991 - Scottish Classic - Zoman--UK
1991 - Rose of Lancaster Stakes - Lord of Trustmore--UK
1991 - Princess Royal Stakes - Always Friendly--UK
1991 - Cornwallis Stakes - Magic Ring--UK
1991 - Italian St. Leger - Jape--ITALY
1991 - St. Simon Stakes - Up Anchor--UK
1993 - September Stakes - Sparteen Shareef--UK
1994 - Holsten Trophy - Sharp Prod--GERMANY
1994 - Premio Ambrosiano - Visto si Stampo--ITALY
1994 - Criterium Di Roma - Statum--ITALY
1994 - Grosser Preis Der Dortmunder Wirtschaft - Vincenzo--GERMANY
1994 - The Fuchu Hima Stakes - Hokkie Serris--JAPAN
1997 - The Happy Valley Trophy - Fastest Star--HONG KONG
2005 - Cornwallis Stakes - Hunter Street--UK
Listed Races (17)
1991 - Oaks Trial Stakes - Ausherra--UK
1992 - Doncaster Mile - Daros--UK
1992 - Royal Yorkshire Stakes - Bobzao--UK
1992 - Champagne Stakes - Perfect Halo--UK
1992 - Stars & Stripes Sprint Stakes - Medaille d'Or--UK
1992 - Acomb Stakes - Woodchat--UK
1993 - Cammidge Trophy - Regal Chimes--UK
1994 - Arthur Von Weinburg-Rennen - Vorsabia--GERMANY
1994 - Japan - 6 Wins--JAPAN
2005 - EBF Upavon Fillies Stakes - La Persiana--UK
2005 - Totesport Virginia Handicap - La Persiana--UK
2005 - Bahrain Trophy - Mr.Vegas--UK
1990 - Lincoln Handicap - Evichstar--UK
1990 - Chester Cup - Travelling Light--UK
1990 - Tote Portland Handicap - Love Legend--UK
1991 - Spitfire Handicap - Green Danube--UK
1991 - Racecall Gold Trophy - Casteddu--UK
1991 - Tap & Spile Handicap - Night Jar--UK
1992 - Courage Handicap - Montpelier Boy--UK
1994 - Royal Hunt Cup - Face North--UK
1994 - Insulpac Handicap Stakes - Face North--UK
1997 - Gosforth Park Cup - Moonstrike--UK
1997 - King Kwong Handicap - Magic Joy--UK
2005 - Northumberland Plate - Sargeant Cecil--UK
2005 - John Smiths' Ebor - Sargeant Cecil--UK
2005 - Tattersalls Ireland Sales Race - Wake Up Maggie--UK
2005 - John Smiths' Stakes - Star of Light--UK
2005 - Cesarewitch - Sargeant Cecil - UK
1990 - Rode Timeless Times to a record equalling 16 wins for a two-year-old in one turf season.
1991 - Rode a 100 winners in a season, on turf, for the first time.
1991 - Rode 6 winners in one day.
1993 - Rode a winner at three different racetracks on the same day - 5th jockey to achieve this.
1994 - Granted a 3 -month licence to ride in Japan - first rider to secure a contract in Japan.
1995 - Club Jockey for The Royal Hong Kong Jockey Club - January to June.
1995 - Granted a three-month licence to ride in Japan.
1996 - Club Jockey for The Royal Hong Kong Jockey Club - January to June.
1997 - Club Jockey for The Hong Kong Jockey Club - March to June.
1997 - Treble at Macau whilst representing England, at their International Jockeys' Invitational Race Meeting
1997 - Retained as First Jockey by S. T. Wong, 1997/98, Hong Kong
1998 - Retained as First Jockey by David Oughton, 1998/99, Hong Kong
1999 - Retained by The Hong Kong Jockey Club as a full season Club Jockey.
2000 - June End
Post UK '94: International Career focus
1994 - Japan 3 month contract - 14 wins including one Group 3, 6 Listed and
One Pattern race.
1995 - Hong Kong 6 month contract - 13 wins including 5 x Class 1 races.
1995 - South Africa 3 month contract - 20 wins including 7 Listed wins
1995 - Japan 3 month contract - 11 wins of which 7 were Listed wins.
1996 - Hong Kong 6 month contract - Injury and a 1 year suspension
1997 - Hong Kong 3 month Contract - 14 wins including one Group 1 win
1997 - Macau International Jockeys Day representing England 3 wins
1997 - England 1 month - 5 wins including two Major Handicaps
1997 - Spain August Festival Meeting - 3 wins including one Listed win
1997 - Hong Kong Full season - Retained as First Jockey by Wong Sui Tan 31 wins.
1998 - Hong Kong Full season - Retained as First Jockey by David Oughton 21 wins.
1999 - Japan 3 month contract - 1 days racing- 1 win. Contract stopped due to fall & injury
1999 - Hong Kong Full season Club Jockey - 15 wins including a Group 1, an Internation
Group 2 and a Group 3.
2000 - June--Decides to take a 4 year sabbatical.
2005 - Jan--Rides in New Zealand before re-launching career in UK.
June'05 - 2nd in the Epsom Derby on Walk in the Park.
2005 - Completes historic handicap treble on Sargeant Cecil.
To Nov 4th....60 wins
in UK + 1 in IRE