Peter Niven

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Peter Niven (b. 7 Aug 1964) [1] is a retired British jump jockey in National Hunt racing. [2] In May 2001 he became the first Scotsman and sixth jockey to ride over 1,000 winners, eventually retiring in September that year with 1002 winners. [3] At the time of his retirement he was the only jockey to have won five races in a day on four occasions. [4] He is now a racehorse trainer.


Racing career

Niven won his first race at Sedgefield in 1984 on a horse called Loch Brandy. [3] After struggling for a few years to make his way in the sport, he teamed up with Mary Reveley at her Saltburn stables in Clevelend soon forging a formidable partnership. [3] He became a professional jockey in 1986. [5] Some of the 'major' races he won include:

Notable wins

Grand National

He rode in the Grand National on six occasions:


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