Firing Apprentices – The Top-Ten Young Jockeys Of Last Week

With Royal Ascot dominating last week’s headlines, the exploits of young up-and-coming jockeys were largely ignored but there was no shortage of great performances flying under the radar. Who’s made our top-ten?

#10 Mitch Godwin

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2 wins in 4 rides puts Mitch Godwin in this week’s hotlist. The first win came at Windsor, when it looked like Merry Dancer (9/2) was a beaten horse, but the 4-year-old rallied and beat Turnbury by a neck. Megalala’s victory at Lingfield was even more impressive, with the gelding holding-off a strong challenge from Understory. The 15-year-old grey-beard made all and won at odds of 16/1!

#9 Joe Doyle

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Another impressive week from Joe Doyle, with 3 winners – 2 of which were in the bag by Monday tea-time! Spirit Of Wedza (9/2) won with something in hand, while backers of Artful Prince (11/4) faced some anxious moments as the 6-year-old edged-right in the closing stages and won by just a neck. Both wins came at Carlisle and Doyle was not able to add to these victories until Saturday. Sign Of The Kodiac (9/2) held on well, fighting off the challenge of Mont Kiara and landing the spoils in a rich handicap.

#8 Emma Bedford

We are big fans of efficiency, here on the RaceBets blog, so we couldn’t leave Emma Bedford out of this week’s top-ten! A single outing led to a 12/1 winner, with Togetherwecan overcoming some early keenness to finish in tremendous style. The Wee Barra was beaten by 6 lengths and it was the first time that Mark Johnston’s bay filly had tasted victory. Well done, Emma!

#7 Daniel Muscutt

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After spending most of the week messing about, Muscutt finally decided to earn his corn when the weekend came around! His last 2 outings both bore fruit for James Fanshawe, with Permission (14/1) held-up cannily at Headquarters to beat Raven’s Corner by 4-lengths (a less-cosy victory than the result suggests). Then came a half-length win aboard Esteemable (4/1), in a fillies’ handicap at Pontefract. If Muscutt were a car, he would be a mid-80s Audi Quattro on a February morning – at first a little reluctant, but scintillating once warmed-up!

#6 Karen Reidy

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Another female jockey who wasn’t going to waste her only chance of shining was Karen Reidy. Like Emma Bedford, she finished the week with 1 win from 1 attempt although at an even bigger price (22/1!). Papal Motel scored at Limerick, beating Rockview Emperor by half a length under a hands and heels ride from this talented young jockey. If this season is proving one thing, it’s that if good female riders are given their chances they will take them.

#5 Patrick O’Donnell

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O’Donnell’s 2 wins in 3 rides should give Ralph Beckett plenty to think about, before he gets on the phone this week. Short-priced favourite Cersai was readily dispatched, in a fillies’ handicap at Nottingham, as Emerald Loch (6/1) shed her maiden tag with the minimum of fuss. O’Donnell was certainly the ladies’ man, winning another fillies’ handicap on-board the Dream Ahead-sired Golden Stunner (11/4) at Newmarket. Rostova was beaten by just a nose, in a race which had some very smart prospects taking part. Sterling work!

#4 Josephine Gordon

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This young lady just gets better and better! She notched twice at Chelmsford, on Wednesday, with the first victory coming on top of Van Huysen (9/2). Favourite, Taper Tantrum, was beaten by just a head. £9,704 was then secured for connections with Gentlemen (also 9/2). Gordon is making massive strides in this campaign and picked up a 3rd win at the Essex racecourse on the aptly-named Strong Steps (3/1, Thursday). A brace of 2nd-places followed (one at Chelmsford, the other at Newmarket) and Gordon really looks to be on the march!

#3 James Cowley

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Cowley’s 2 rides brought an 80/1 double for John McCain Jnr, last week! Katie’s Hen (16/1) was largely ignored by punters at Stratford, but came good when the 2 principles in the market parted company with their riders. Cowley then landed the money with Wazowski (4/1), in a 2-mile novice hurdle at Hexham, finishing over 35-lengths ahead of evens-favourite Eastview Boy. Let’s hope he starts getting some more chances, to show what he can do!

#2 Rachel Richardson

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Top young jockeys regularly ride long-shots to victory, as having to get a tune out of an unfancied horse very-much comes with the territory. Richardson’s win on-board juvenile Allux Boy (50/1!) really was something special though, as the Iffraaj-sired colt had shown very little promise at both Ripon and York. A fantastic ride from Richardson saw the partnership making all and beating London Grammar by just a neck. The withdrawal of Morning Suit certainly helped Richardson’s cause here, but the likes of Party Tiger, Bajan Spice and Snookered were all well-beaten and this was a victory she should savour for a long time!

#1 Danny Brock

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If you are ever at Lingfield and you happen to see Danny Brock getting on a horse, you really need to get a bet on! A week after bagging a 20/1 winner with Jane Chapple-Hyam’s Song And Dance Man, Brock was at it again and in even more flamboyant fashion. Quandary Peak began the 7.20, on Saturday, as the 66/1 outsider of 11 runners. There were some really smart 2-year-olds, in this contest, including Bridal March and Bayston Hill, but Brock steered his mount to victory and secured a massive payout for punters that backed Quandary Peak. Brilliant stuff and he’s our #1 Firing Apprentice of the last 7 days!

Other winners; last week, included Alistair Rawlinson, Callum Shepherd, Jack Duern, Michael Murphy, Natalie Hambling, Alan Johns, Harry Bannister, Hector Crouch, Edward Greatrex, Tom Marquand, Aaron Jones, Katie O’Farrell, Adam McNamara, Robbie Downey, Nathan Evans, Rhiain Ingram, Jonathan Moore, Josh Wall, Kieran Shoemark, Anastasia O’Brien, George Buckell, Phil Dennis, George Wood, Megan Nicholls, Jacob Butterfield, Shelley Birkett, Joe Doyle, Kevin Stott, Tim Clark, George Downing and Ricky Doyle. Congratulations to all!


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