Jockeys

Nico de Boinville

Nico’s career to date has already seen the Englishman rack up a range of impressive accomplishments. He won at the Cheltenham Festival on Whisper while still an amateur, then won the Cheltenham Gold Cup on Coneygree – in the process, becoming the first novice to win the race in more than 40 years. Since then he’s ridden the likes of Sprinter Sacre and Altior to glory at Cheltenham, and is Nicky Henderson’s number one jockey. Read Nico every week on the 32Red blog.

Paddy Brennan

Paddy’s finest hour remains his 2010 Gold Cup win on Imperial Commander, but the Irishman has enjoyed plenty of other highlights in his career, riding more than a thousand winners, winning big races like the Ascot Chase, the Betfair Chase (three times!) and the King George VI Chase. He has ridden top calibre horses like Cue Card, Inglis Drever and Tidal Bay.

Bryan Cooper

With Bryan growing up in an environment where his family lived and breathed horse racing, the jockey first rode a horse as a youngster, and rode in his first race as a teenager. His first ever win came on Rossdara, a horse trained by his father Tom, and since then the Irishman has enjoyed huge success – like Brennan and de Boinville, Cooper is a Gold Cup winner, triumphing on Don Cossack in 2016.

Jamie Spencer

A notable win in 1998 at the age of 17 means Jamie is the youngest jockey ever to win a classic. Since then the Irishman has proved no stranger to big wins, collecting a slew of Group and Grade 1 victories around the world, and finishing as the UK’s Champion jockey in both 2005 and 2007. But Jamie has had plenty of success more recently too, with a win on Deauville at the Belmont Derby in 2016 standing out.

Josephine Gordon

Last year, Josephine Gordon was crowned Champion Apprentice, on British Champions Day at Ascot, having sprung to prominence by riding 50 winners over the course of the championship season. Josephine's rapid rise up through the ranks shows no sign of slowing down in 2017. Backed by leading trainers, including the likes of Hugo Palmer, William Haggas, Ed Dunlop, Sir Michael Stoute, Saeed bin Suroor and Michael Bell, it will be sooner rather than later that we see Josephine claim top-level race successes. An ambitious and driven personality, Josephine is certainly not resting on her laurels and is aiming to break through the 100-winner mark in 2017 and become only the second female jockey to do so.

Boxers

Josh Warrington

With 24 fights, 24 wins and five knockouts, Josh is the current WBC International featherweight champion. Trained by his father Sean O’Hagan and set to enjoy a big year in 2017, which includes a fight with Kiko Martinez in May, the Leeds Warrior has world title ambitions – but remains a down-to-earth character outside of the ring. A huge sport fan, Warrington follows local side Leeds United when it comes to football, and is also a supporter of rugby league team Leeds Rhinos.

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