Team Ditcheat's superb team of riders
At Ditcheat we have a superb team of jockeys led by Harry Cobden, Sam Twiston-Davies and Sean Bowen, backed up by some up-and-coming conditionals and top notch amateur, Will Biddick
2015/16 was the first season Harry spent at Manor Farm Stables and he made quite an impression. Within months of arriving he recorded his debut Cheltenham victory aboard Old Guard, a month later winning the Grade 3 Greatwood Hurdle aboard the same charge.
Since the days of his champion conditional campaign Harry has not looked back and is now at the top of the roster of jockey’s in Ditcheat.
Since his appointment as stable jockey Harry has competed at the highest level with the composure and skill of a man far beyond his years. Wins in Grade One company have cemented his position aboard the likes of Topofthegame in the RSA Chase, Cyrname in the Ascot Chase, Politologue in the Tingle Creek and many others.
Harry is a very hands on stable jockey and spends five mornings a week at the yard working and getting to know the horses as well as possible. He is an exceptionally calm rider on the big day and in a short space of time has already established himself as a top class jockey.
With over 1000 winners to his name including eight Grade One winners and four Cheltenham Festival winners he is already established as one of the best jockeys riding today. Originally from Naunton in Gloucestershire Sam is the son of Gold Cup winning trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies with whom he has achieved some notable career highs. Sam broke on to the scene as an amateur when landing the Cheltenham Foxhunters aboard Baby Run in 2010 before turning professional at the end of that season.
A Conditional Jockey’s title quickly followed, in a season that saw him claim the prestigious Paddy Power Gold Cup and the Becher Chase along the way. More recently Sam has played a key role in some memorable victories for Team Ditcheat. He recorded his first winner for us at Wetherby in November 2013 shortly before steering the legendary Tidal Bay to victory in the Grade Two West Yorkshire Hurdle on the same card. Sam rode over 100 winners in one season for the first time in the 2013/14 season and recorded his first success as number one jockey at Manor Farm Stables aboard Pressies Girl in May 2014.
He has now gone freelance for this coming season but will continue to be a huge part of the team in the future and will still ride for us regularly.
Daughter of legendary Grand National winning jockey Jimmy Frost. Bryony rode as an amateur jockey from the age of 16. She won the National Novice Title, the Devon & Cornwall title twice, Wessex area once and in 2016 the National Hunt Girl’s title. In March 2017 she rode her first Cheltenham Festival winner on Pacha Du Polder in The Foxhunters.
After turning conditional in the summer of 2017 Bryony has not looked back enjoying a champion conditional campaign (2018-19) with her finest victory coming aboard Frodon in the Ryanair. That win made Bryony the first ever lady jockey to win a Grade One chase at the festival and provided her with just one of many fine days. Bryony is already no stranger to the big days and has captured the racing public’s imagination by making history at the festival, she continues to be a helpful asset to the yard at home and on the track.
Sean capped a brilliant first season as a conditional jockey by winning the bet365 Gold Cup at Sandown on Just A Par on the final day of the campaign for two of the yard’s long standing owners Paul Barber and the late Graham Roach.
Sean was also crowned champion conditional at 17 in April 2015 with 51 winners despite missing around six weeks with injury mid season. Further highlights included a treble at Chepstow on Welsh Grand National day and another notable treble at Haydock.
A quietly driven young man Sean is endlessly ambitious and aspires to one day be champion jockey, his first stepping stone to that dream being to ride 100 winners within a season. A hugely likeable young man Sean is a very talented rider who will continue to represent us up and down the country and look to continue his impressive big race record for us.
Like many of our other young men with licenses in the yard, Lorcan left school after completing his GCSE’s and has quickly made a good impression within the yard.
Pony racing was his way into the sport and a friendship with Sean Bowen encouraged him to move from his native Wales to learn his craft here at Manor Farm Stables. After a successful amateur season last year that saw him crowned as National amateur champion jockey was the final piece of encouragement he needed to turn professional. Lorcan works extremely hard every day on his fitness and diet ensuring he is always in the best possible shape to ride on the track.
Turning professional has really brought about a new level of dedication and work into Lorcan’s life and he is focussed, ready and looking forward to a big season.
Bryan, a proud Cork man first sat on a horse aged 16 and soon after became interested in the racing game. His first taste of thoroughbreds came when he attended the stables of Irish trainer Mick Winters’ on his weekends, riding in point to points on his own horse when he could. In December 2016 Bryan took the plunge and moved to England, his first port of call was David Pipe’s where a broken leg stunted his progress.
A move to Will Biddick’s proved an inspired one with Will helping him with his point to point contacts enabling Bryan to improve as a rider. After a successful first season as an Amateur with Paul and yet another good point to pointing season Bryan has made the turn into the professional ranks and will be a valuable asset to the yard this season.
Champion point-to-point rider for the past five seasons, Will Biddick is very quickly becoming the most formidable name in the pointing field.
In the 2014/15 season he smashed the record number of winners for a season which stood at 56 adding another 12 to that total posting a massive tally of 68, a record he is busy trying to beat once again.
The son of a Cornish farmer will spent some time as a conditional jockey with Venetia Williams before turning back amateur, with his weight posing a problem in the professional ranks.
Not only does he regularly provide an education for our young horses in the pointing field he spends time breaking in horses and getting to know head strong or troublesome youngsters.
A brilliant asset to our team of jockeys, Will is a fun loving hard working character who is a popular guy in and around the yard.
Angus joined us in the summer of 2019 having spent the last five seasons in Dorset working for Colin Tizzard. From a family of Dorset Farmers, Angus has ridden ponies and horses all his life and has already tasted success under rules on the track.
Having briefly turned conditional last season Angus is now looking to rebuild and restart his career as an amateur after recovering from some bad injuries including a small break in his back. He is a hard working an extremely likeable young man who is a very popular part of the team.