BRS Graduate Jason Watson Crowned Stobart Champion Apprentice 2018

18th Oct 2018 | News

Jason Watson, apprentice jockey to Andrew Balding, will be crowned Champion Apprentice at Ascot on Saturday as part of the QIPCO British Champions Day celebrations. He attended a Foundation Course at the BRS in 2016 and returned later that year to complete his license course.

Jason rode out his claim on the 8th of October this year after a fantastic season riding 71 winners from 442 rides*. His biggest career achievement thus far is his success in the Stewards Cup at Goodwood, one of the most prestigious handicaps of the flat racing season, aboard Gifted Master for trainer Hugo Palmer.

Jason’s BHA Jockey Coach, John Reid, speaks incredibly highly of him stating “I knew when I first started working with Jason that with a bit of luck he would be Champion Apprentice. He was very focused, dedicated and talented, wanted it badly and listened to advice and learnt from it. He race rides well and has a knack for quickly and accurately assessing a horse. He has been a pleasure to work with and I wish him all the success for the future”.

Grant Harris, BRS Chief Executive, commented “The BRS congratulates Jason on his achievement. He attended a foundation course of training here in July 2016 so his progress has been nothing short of amazing. On that course with Jason were the likes of Darragh Keenan and Connor Murtagh who are also doing exceedingly well. Jason is the fifth Champion Apprentice in a row to have been trained at the BRS following in the footsteps of Oisin Murphy, Tom Marquand, Josephine Gordon and last year’s winner David Egan.”

We are exceptionally proud of Jason and wish him the best of luck for the future.


*Correct as of 15th October 2018.