I bought Jedi Knight as a yearling from Tattersalls Sales in 1995 for 9,400 gns. He raced for his whole career from here in Sheriff Hutton, carrying the silks of the late Ken Hodgson. Around that time the red and blue colours were a regular sight in the winners enclosure as Ken had owned some really good horses with me, including Hasta La Vista, William's Well, Westcourt Magic and Elvington Boy.
A son of the speedy Emarati, who had also been a successful sire for the yard over the years, he was bred at Etchingham Stud and there was connection in his breeding to a horse I'd been very fond of in the past.
His dam Hannie Caulder was an unraced daughter of Workboy who I'd trained with great success to be placed several times in Group races and he went on to sire many winners. Workboy had been a superb horse and I was keen to get back into the family.
Jedi Knight, as he was to be known, showed glimpses of promise as a two year old, being placed once from three starts and was handed a handicap mark of 75. He was a big strong horse, but he'd be better at three. He knew what he wanted too, a headstrong character. He thought he was the boss did Jedi, a tough 'oss that liked things on his terms. A big bull of an 'oss, he took some taming.
Handicapping would be his career path and Jedi was to win for the first time at Doncaster in June 1997, taking the 'Konica East Direct Handicap', defeating Allinson's Mate and Grey Kingdom. Frannie Norton rode him that day. He followed up at Carlisle for Gyles Parkin. He won easy, backed into 11/8 favourite. In August he won again at Thirsk for the late and much missed Lindsay Charnock. It was Lindsay in the plate again when Jedi won at Redcar later in the year to take his tally to four wins as a three year old.
Jedi Knight was winless in 1998, he ran well but he had no luck. He got collared on the line at Beverley in August and he finished in the places in some decent races but he just couldn't get his head in front.
He had better luck the next season when he won second time out at Beverley ridden by the Wombat himself, Terry Lucas. His biggest career win then followed at York in June when Johnny Murtagh rode him to win the 'Gulp! Rated Stakes'. Johnny rode the race of his life that day. The horse was bit doggy and I couldn't believe he'd got it out of the old rascal. If I'd had him as a stable jockey I'd have had twice as many winners in me career. We picked up £10,000 first prize for his win. York winners are special and this one particularly so 'cos it was on his owner's local track.
Later in 1999 Jedi Knight reunited with his old friend Lindsay Charnock to win at Hamilton in what proved to be his final career victory, the 'Tote Bookmakers Captain J. C. Stewart Memorial Rated Stakes Showcase Handicap' over nine furlongs.
Jedi Knight was retired in 2001, having run 56 times and won seven with 11 places and over £67,000 prize money.