A sculpture of Lord Oaksey

A sculpture of Lord Oaksey

In 2008, The Injured Jockey’s Fund commissioned me to make a life-size statue of their founding father, Lord Oaksey.  Depicting him as I knew him best – (around 60 years old), the sculpture stands in the grounds of Oaksey House and was unveiled by The Princess Royal in September 2009.

Besides being twelve homes for retired, injured jockeys, Oaksey House is also an education and fitness centre used daily by numerous jockeys and stable staff.

I had grown up with John Oaksey, firstly watching him as a jockey then, reading his racing reports in The Telegraph and, later, watching and listening to him on television.  Having made numerous measurements and taken lots of photographs, I did all the work on this sculpture in my studio.

First, I made a one fifth life-size maquette.  Then, once all parties were satisfied with what I had achieved, I made the life-size version.  When I was near completion, John came over for just one final sitting, albeit quite a long one.

The finished life-size bronze was completed ahead of schedule, so before it went to Lambourn it was kept in a large cupboard at the home of John’s daughter, Sarah Bradstock.  Two months later, the bronze made its final journey in the back of a horse lorry, before being winched onto a plinth where it now resides.

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