National hunt jockey, Brian harding, has the dubious honour of being one of the oldest jockeys to ride out in the 2014 Crabbies Grand National, at 41-years-old.
It’s been more than two decades since he arrived in Britain from his native Ireland and in that time has been affectionately dubbed “Benjamin Button” by admiring colleagues.
Cumbrian-based Harding started his career on Ireland’s pony racing circuit, he graduated to the Flat until rising weight forced a further switch to the jumps with trainer Gordon W. Richards.
Memorably, Harding’s biggest success came on Richards’s popular grey One Man, in the Cheltenham Festival’s Queen Mother Champion Chase in 1998 but continues to ride out for Nicky Richards, Dianne Sayer and Donald McCain to name a few.
He is currently having one of his best seasons ever and so far has had 31 winners from 296 starts which is a 10% win rate and adding in over 100 places, he has earned connections more than £207K.
Harding is from the same County Cork village as champion jockey-turned-trainer Jonjo O’Neill and will also be on board one of his 2014 Crabbies Grand National entries, Burton Port, for owner Trevor Hemmings, on April 5th 2014.
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