Team Ditcheat's superb team of riders
At Ditcheat we have a superb team of jockeys led by the top-class Harry Cobden assisted by Bryony Frost and Lorcan Williams, backed up by some up-and-coming conditionals in the shape of Bryan Carver, Angus Cheleda and Tom Buckley. We also have Diamuid Maloney, Peter Summers and Natalie Parker in the amateur ranks.
Obviously during busy days in the winter there are other opportunities for us to use riders like Sam Twiston-Davies and Sean Bowen, both leading National Hunt riders who ride out for the yard when their other commitments allow.
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, Bravemansgame in the Challow hurdle, Clan Des Obeaux in the Betway Bowl and King George as well as many others.
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, riding well over 500 winners in his burgeoning career.
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 victories coming aboard Frodon in the Ryanair.
Since that famous victory Bryony has not looked back. Her skill level rising all the time becoming a vital part of the team here. She has struck up excellent relationships with many of our horses and is no stranger to success at the highest level with wins in the King George aboard Frodon, the Denman chase aboard Secret Investor and Greaneteen in the Celebration Chase.
Bryony is a fantastic horse women who is a huge asset to the yard both on and off the track.
Town you’re from: Amroth/Pembrokeshire
How you got into riding: Working hunters
Racing Hero: Barry Geraghty
First winner: Nicholasville for my mother and father
Favourite day in the saddle: Riding Porlock Bay to win the Foxhunters at Cheltenham festival
Dream as a jockey: I was lucky enough to achieve my dream last year but I would really like to win a graded race
Roast or bbq: Roast as it was a tradition for myself and family to have one on a Sunday
Bacon or sausage: Bacon as riding out for Rose and Sam Loxton for 3 season a sausage sandwich as lunch was a regular
Most annoying habit: being too hard on myself/situations and need to be more positive
Funny story about you riding: Diego Du Charmil’s win in the Byrne Group Chase at Ascot November 2019!
Angus joined us in the summer of 2019 having spent the past five years working for Dorset based trainer Colin Tizzard. From a family of farmers Angus has ridden ponies and horses his whole life and whilst he enjoyed his time at Colin’s he felt the time was right for a change.
Having spent a short time as a conditional rider Angus then turned back to the amateur ranks after joining Paul and has not looked back since. His target for the 2019/20 season to win the Point to Point novice rider championship was achieved along with a victory in one of Pointing’s most famous races, the Coronation Cup at Larkhill aboard Chameron, providing Angus with a memorable season. This was topped off by riding a winner under rules for Paul on Alcala at Haydock in February.
Angus is a hardworking, good humoured and likeable young man which makes him a hugely popular member of the team here at Ditcheat.
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 and success followed in the pointing field which gave Bryan the confidence to turn conditional for the 2019/20 season.
That once again proved the right call to make as Bryan enjoyed a fruitful campaign riding 23 winners gaining some excellent contacts along the way outside of Paul’s yard. Having only started riding at sixteen years old Bryan is still improving his style, strength and technique all the time and there is no doubt his best days in the saddle are very much in front of him.
Town you’re from: Cullompton – Hemyock
How you got into riding: parents got me a dartmoor pony at a very young age
Racing Hero: Sir A P McCoy
First winner: Point N Shoot at Exeter (Nigel Hawke)
Favourite day in the saddle: Winning on Breffniboy at Cheltenham.
Dream as a jockey: being champion jockey to make my family proud
Roast or bbq: roast
Bacon or sausage: bacon
Most annoying habit: weird facial expression while jumping.
Funny story about you riding: I rode in a 2 mile bumper at Chepstow when the saddle slipped after 1 furlong and then had to ride the rest of the race with no stirrups. I finished second and then slipped off the side of the horse after the line!
Town you’re from: Bilbrook near Minehead.
How you got into riding: My father and sister both rode so I just followed suit.
Racing Hero: Dickie Johnson
First winner: Dashing John at Treborough point to point for Audrey Manners trained by my dad.
Favourite day in the saddle: Winning on Virak at Ascot
Dream as a jockey: To ride around Aintree.
Roast or bbq: Roast.
Bacon or sausage: Sausage.
Most annoying habit: Always thinking I’m right.
Funny story about you riding: I think everyone found it entertaining a couple of years ago when I couldn’t hold one side of Saint Xavier when we were all schooling down on the loop gallop and for the same thing to happen three weeks later on Yala Enki.
Town you’re from: Ardnacrusha, Co Clare.
How you got into riding: My uncle had a few half breed horses.
Racing Hero: Derek O’Connor.
First winner: Rockin Roxtown.
Favourite day in the saddle: Riding my first winner.
Dream as a jockey: Turn professional and ride out my claim.
Roast or bbq: Roast dinner.
Bacon or sausage: Bacon rashers – IRISH
Most annoying habit: Using the hairdryer too much!
Funny story about you riding: I was riding a piece of work one day and a cow broke out of a field and was on the gallop she saw us coming and decided to see if she was faster than the horses! The horses weren’t so amused!
Town you’re from: Villierstown, Co Waterford
How did you get into riding: Growing up my neighbour was field master of our local pack the Dungarvan Foxhounds, she started me riding ponies when I was five and continued hunting and showjumping from thereon.
Racing hero: Davy Russell being quite local to where I grew up always looked up to him as a horseman
First winner: Catchintime at Wincanton for Laura Hurley in the first amateur riders’ race – post coronavirus.
Favourite day in the saddle: That would have to be riding the winner at Wincanton.
Dream as a jockey: To win a race over the National fences.
Roast or bbq: Roast
Bacon or sausage: Bacon, everytime
Most annoying habit: Constantly talking about dogs.
Funny riding story: I was asked not to come to pony club rallies as my pony was uncontrollable.