‘Racing Excellence series has been fantastic for me- it’s given me a great leg up in the racing world’ Theodore Ladd after been crowned Series’ Champion for the third time this year.
4th Nov 2018 | News
4th Nov 2018 | News
Prior to the final race, Theodore Ladd was way out in the lead, with an insurmountable 19 point lead. Andrew Breslin, apprentice to Mark Johnston, secured victory in the final race by 10 lengths aboard the Robert Eddery trained Graceful Lady. John Reid was on duty to walk the course with the jockeys and assist with the de-brief post-race. William Carver and Poppy Bridgewater finished second and third respective behind our runaway winner Theodore.
21 year old Theodore started riding horses with his friend Shannon McMillan; he told us she taught him the basics to riding. One day they had a race through her fields and she said ‘You look like a jockey’. With no hesitation, Theodore researched the British Racing School and applied for a place on the residential Foundation Course. Theodore was on Course 293, instructed by Aideen Marshall. “I was in Aideen’s group. She did an unbelievable job of being patient with me and inspiring me to work as hard as I can to achieve what I want.”
After leaving the British Racing School, Theodore went on to work for Hughie Morrison where he learned a great deal about racing. He then went on to earn his Apprentice Licence. Theodore was apprentice to Mr Morrison throughout the majority of the race series until recently when he moved north to work with Retford based trainer, Scott Dixon.
Course 293 (above)- “I was in Aideen’s group. She did an unbelievable job of being patient with me and inspiring me to work as hard as I can to achieve what I want.”
Below, Theodore riding up at the straight during his time at The British Racing School.
Theodore has had an incredible season, he has won three of the Apprentice Hands and Heels Series including:
Theodore has been coached by John Reid as part of the Jockey Coaching Programme. He said “John took me from knowing nothing to educating me for race riding: the position on the horse, balance, pushing, changing hands – basically everything! He has been a fantastic mentor. I have also recently had sessions with John Bramhill who is a bit closer to where I am now. We walk the course a lot and I ring both coaches after every race and talk it through: what went well, what went wrong and what to improve on. They’ve been key to my progression this year.”