Former jockey and assistant racehorse trainer, Carl Llewellyn started his vocation riding point to points (steeplechase) by the hand of his father Eryl who was Director of the Professional Jockeys’ Association. Carl also called Carlos was born in Pembrokeshire, Wales in 1965, he won his first race at 21, at Wolverhampton Racecourse, but that was just the begging of a successful career as Jockey and later on in life as a Trainer.
In 1988 he rode Stargestic to victory, winning the Mildmay of Flete Challenge Cup at Cheltenham Festival where a few years later in 1992 he won on Tipping Tim in the Ritz Club National Hunt Handicap Chase then again later that same year he gained the Grand National on Party Politics and, by the end of the year riding Tipping Tim again he got the Mackeson Gold Cup.
He then became Nigel Twiston-Davies main jockey for several years where he found himself as a champion many times, winning five 1st grade races in 1993 to becoming a winner in more than 10 races between 1994 and 2004.
Just to name a few races: Scilly Isles Novices’ Chase (1993), Baring Bingham Novices’ Hurdle (1993 & 2004) and Challow Novices’ Hurdle (twice in 1999).
In 2004 he retired from being a professional jockey, and in 2005 he surprised everyone coming out as an assistant trainer.
Llewellyn had successful career training 79 winners in three years at Weathercock House, however in 2009, he was finished as trainer by the owner of Weathercock House.
His life and career haven’t been free of controversy; In early 2014, Carl Llewellyn was fined £1,500 by the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) after admitting bringing the sport into disrepute for making a racist remark at the Hollow Bottom pub in Gloucestershire. Llewellyn did apologise by stating “I am absolutely mortified that my comment caused offence, that was never my intention. I apologised immediately on the evening in question, and do so again now”