Pop star JJ Hamblett of boyband Union J wants to get back in the saddle at Doncaster Racecourse.
The singer has spoken of his desire to go back to his horseracing roots and ride in a race for charity.
In an exclusive interview, the pop-sensation told Great British Racing that he still follows the sport and would eventually like to get back in the saddle.
“I’d love to take part in the Doncaster Legends Race,” he said.
“I’m not going to call myself a legend but I’d love to do it – 100%. So if anyone’s got any horses I’m there for it - as long as it’s an odds on favourite and will win!”
The Doncaster Leger Legends Charity Race takes place at the South Yorkshire track during the popular Ladbrokes St. Leger Festival in September every year and has raised close to £250,000 for some fantastic causes since its inception in 2010.
JJ worked for several years as a jockey in racing’s historic HQ, Newmarket, before shooting to fame in the 2012 hit TV talent show, The X Factor. Since then, he and Union J have become one of the world’s most popular boybands, clinching three top 10 singles.
During his career on the racetrack he rode 24 winners and was a jockey to The Queen.
“My racing highlight was my first ever ride for the Queen in my home town of Newmarket which was amazing. To put on the Queen’s colours and to meet her was incredible. I still keep in touch with as many people as I can in the town - I love Newmarket.”
JJ was speaking ahead of the Union J’s performance on The X-Factor this Sunday when they’ll be performing You Got it All, the latest single from their second album.