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Grand National rider inspires future jockeys at Taunton School

Posted: 7th May 2018

19-year-old professional jockey and The Grand National rider Harry Cobden visited Taunton School last week to deliver an insightful talk to pupils and the community on his career in racing.

Just weeks after his second National ride, Taunton School was delighted to welcome Harry, who was also crowned ‘Stobart Jockey of the Month for April’. He talked about his career from pony racing to becoming a professional jockey to a captivated audience in the school’s theatre.

Harry first started pony racing at the age of 9 with the goal of becoming a professional jockey. Ten years on at the age of 19, Harry has had four grade one victories, two Topham Chase wins and two rides in one of the biggest races in the world, The Grand National. Harry has had many wins for local trainers Paul Nicholls and Colin Tizzard.

Harry said “It was great to come to Taunton School, I am still only young myself and this was an opportunity for me to be able to highlight this type of career path. I hope I’ve inspired some passionate sports men and women to pursue their dreams and given them an insight into how I deal with the realities of being a professional jockey.”

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