BRITAIN’S leading apprentice rider of 2013, Jason Hart, has been crowned the best young jockey at Haydock Park Racecourse.
Heading into the penultimate Flat racing fixture of the season at the north-west racecourse, he led the BETDAQ-sponsored seven-race Apprentice Training Series by just one point from his nearest rival.
Seventh place in the apprentice race final was enough to secure Jason – who hails from the Scottish borders and started riding on the pony-racing circuit – sufficient points to claim the title.
The series, overseen by qualified jockey coach Jimmy Bleasdale and part of the British horse racing industry’s Racing Excellence initiative, provides support for young jockeys in developing and honing the skills required to become a full professional rider.
Jimmy Bleasdale said: “As a retired Flat jockey I have been coaching these up-and-coming young apprentice jockeys in this Haydock Park series for some years and I am very impressed with the improvement and style they have accrued.
“With the progress they are making, I will be looking forward to seeing them vying for the champion apprentice title very soon. Well done to all who have participated this season – especially the eventual winner Jason Hart.”