Who will be crowned Champion Apprentice in 2015?
16th Oct 2015 | News
At the end of racing on Saturday 17th October the Apprentice Jockey who has ridden the most winners during the 2015 flat turf season will be named Champion, and on the eve of this event it is BRS Graduate Tom Marquand that heads the table by just 3 winners to fellow BRS Grad Jack Garritty.
At 17, Tom is the younger of the two but has really made his mark in his first full season riding. Granted his licence in November 2014 he had ridden just one winner at the turn of the year, but has now a massed a total 66 winners from 562 rides, with 53 of them counting towards the Championship. Jack has more experience at 19 years old and over 800 rides in his 3 year riding career but has had the best season of his career this year.
You could argue Jack, son of ex professional jump jockey turned Jockey Coach Russ Garritty, has racing in his blood but he has worked hard for this achievement. Before he attended the BRS in 2012 he had clocked up work experience with the likes of David O’Meara and Andrew Balding, with the latter tipping him to become a successful Apprentice Jockey on the back of a 2 week stint during the school holidays.
Tom, on the other hand, comes from a non-racing background but fell in love with Pony Racing after time in the Pony Club. He attended the BRS for pony racing training and was tipped as the Most Promising Jockey during Advanced Camp in 2013. In 2014 he was back for his Apprenticeship course in the summer before heading to Richard Hannon’s where he remains.
Both young riders are going to be busy over today and tomorrow with 9 rides a piece and we are sure both will do their best to be crowned Champion, but whoever the prize goes to what we do know is that they both have successful careers ahead of them.