Horseracing: RICHARD'S BE CHAMP; Super Scot Is Gunning for Fallon's Title

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RICHARD QUINN has never modelled himself on racing legend Willie Carson.

But his ultimate goal this year is to become the first Scot since his fellow Stirling-born former colleague to be crowned champion jockey.

Carson gained the last of his five championships in 1983 and, with plenty of firepower at his disposal as he embarks on a freelance career, Quinn is said to be the man standing between Kieren Fallon and his third consequtive title.

Third and second in recent years, Quinn, now based just outside Lambourn, will be pulling out all the stops to ride more winners than anyone else in the coming months so his car and private plane are sure to have plenty of miles on their clocks!

"I've been knocking on the door a few times so maybe this will be my year.

Being freelance obviously gives you a bit more freedom rather than being attached to a yard and waiting on them making their minds up about where they are sending you.

"I'd love to be champion but we'll just have to see what happens. I'm looking forward to this season more than any other.

"I'm usually knocking on 900 rides every year but hopefully there might be even more winners this time.

That's the secret - improving your winners to rides ratio.

"I'll be up in the North and in Scotland - all over really

Wherever the horses are going, that's where I'll be."

Despite sharing his birthplace with Carson, Quinn had never even heard of him until he came into racing himself to join Herbert Jones in Malton as a raw 16-year-old recruit.

"Working with horses had always been a hobby (at the Corbiewood Trotting circuit) so I decided to make a living out of it."There was no natural bond with Willie just because we came from the same place and the guy who helped me most and I always thought he was a top man was Joe Mercer.

"He taught me and was a gentleman who looked after the young kids. I have always respected him for that."

Since his split from Paul Cole after an 18-year partnership at the back-end of last season, there has been no shortage of trainers queuing up for the services of Quinn . …