Saturday 16th April held the prestigious Scottish Grand National at Ayr along with the final of the Conditional Hands and Heels series. Harry Cobden went in to the final with a 31 point lead after winning the first race of the series back in August 2015. He then went on to ride another winner and was placed in a further 7 races throughout the races.
Seventeen year old Harry, who is conditional to Paul Nicholls started pony racing when he was younger, going on to ride in point to points and amateur races until he turned Conditional in July 2015 and so far has ridden 29 winners.
The final race was won by David Noonan who was Harry’s closet rival throughout the 15 race series, he also won two of the series races and was placed in 5 others.
Rodi Greene, BHA Jockey Coach said,
“Harry has come a long way in a short time, he is a gifted rider who should go all the way. Harry reminds me of Ruby Walsh in the way he lets horse’s jump for him without moving around too much and also his riding of a finish is good and he can use his whip in both hands. A good attitude and being very aware of his need to constantly improve will get Harry a very long way.
The Racing Excellence Hands and Heels Series are a great idea and show young jockeys they need to be fitter, stronger and more balanced, it isn’t easy pushing a horse without the use of a whip to help you. Generally these races highlight the stronger riders and are a great addition to the education of young jockeys.”