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Photographed at Stratford 12 July 2009

Full Name:

Robert Alan Thornton

Date of Birth:

14 July 1978


5 foot 7 inches (confirmed by the man himself)

Colour of Eyes:


Minimum Riding Weight:

10 stone

Colour of Hair:

Blonde, blonde, blonde, blonde, blonde, blonde, blonde ... as if I need to tell you!

Marital Status:

Choc married long-term partner, Meally Greenwood on 8 August 2009.They separated during the summer of 2011; divorced.

Since the summer of 2014 Chocís partner has been a petite blonde lady from Birmingham named Jennie Prust.

Choc proposed to Jennie on 5 August 2017, which I believe is Jennieís birthday, and they married on 18 August 2018.


William Robert born at 6.04 p.m. on Thursday 30 December 2010, weighing in at 6lb 13oz.Meally and Choc choose to call their son William as it was Meallyís grandfatherís name.

At 9:47 a.m. on Thursday 23 February 2017 Jennie and Choc became the proud parents of Wolfie Robert.

Place of Birth:


Chocís father, Martin, is a retired professional huntsman and was based with the Zetland Hunt at the time of Chocís birth (hence Chocís birthplace).Choc moved from Darlington to Stratton Audley in Oxfordshire (Bicester Hunt) at the age of 11 before moving to Knipton in Leicestershire (Belvoir Hunt) 3 years later.

Choc is currently based in the Cotswolds (lucky guy).

Learnt to Ride:

At the age of 8, so that he could go hunting with his parents.Choc had to beg to be given his first pony, Prince, as his older brother (Richard) had been put on ponies as soon as he could walk and had become frightened by them. His parents didnít want to make the same mistake twice.

Most Admired Jockey:

Adrian Maguire

Favourite Racecourse:

Cheltenham (superseding Newbury).

Favourite Colour:†††††††††††

Black Ė although he believes it may be unlucky

Favourite Number:


Favourite Sports:

Boxing, darts, cricket


Favourite Football Team:



Favourite Films:

Snatch; Saving Private Ryan; The Shawshank Redemption; Choc dislikes horror films.


Favourite Music:

Mumford and Sons (because they are very different); Kasabian; Oasis; Nirvana.

Choc likes to listen to Radio 5 Live Sport on the way to the races.


Favourite Holiday Destination:

The South of France Ė Choc is happy to relax on a beach.

His favourite activity holiday is skiing.


Carrots; Bad driving on the motorway



To be Champion Jockey ... although he realises that would probably be impossible (especially with AP McCoy on the scene).He would like to win at least one of the big three races Ė The Grand National, the Cheltenham Gold Cup or King George VI Chase.And, of these three races, his preference would be to win the Grand National.


Recent Injuries:

Choc was kicked in the mouth when Minella Four Star fell at Newbury on 16 December 2009.Choc lost two teeth and needed 15 stitches in his lower lip.I have seen a photograph of his injury pre-repair and take it from me, the doctors did an excellent job!


Choc suffered 3 fractured vertebrae when kicked in the back during a fall from Cracboumwiz at Leicester on 26 January 2010.


Choc missed 5 months when severing three ligaments in his right knee at Newton Abbot on 05 July 2010.Hellís Bay, trained by Paul Nicholls at the time, ran out through the wing of the second last fence, resulting in this injury.


Choc suffered a broken upper right arm during a fall from Western Whisky at Hereford on 11 December 2011.

Choc re-broke his upper right arm as a result of a fall from Our Phylli Vera at Southwell on 04 March 2013.The bone was not displaced due to the plate inserted following the initial break in December 2011.He also sustained minor spinal injuries.

Choc sustained a career-ending injury at Chepstow in April 2014 when his mount Say When stumbled and fell on the flat.This resulted in nerve damage in his neck which he is unable to overcome in order to race-ride again.††



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