Cool Coleman breezes to December Stobart Jockey of the Month

Aidan Coleman, jockey of the month

Aidan Coleman has been named Stobart Jockey of the Month for December after receiving 45% of the vote ahead of Harry Cobden (32%) and Nico de Boinville (23%).

The award caps off a memorable month for the 30-year-old after his first ever Grade 1 victory with Paisley Park in the JLT Hurdle at Ascot Racecourse on 22 December.

Coleman recorded 11 victories from 60 rides at a strike rate of 18% during the month, including a double at Doncaster on 15 December, which has seen him rise up to fifth place in the Stobart Jump Jockeys’ Championship table.

The Cheltenham-based jockey was delighted to be crowned Stobart Jockey of the Month for the first time and he reflected on not only his own first Grade 1 win, but also the first for Paisley Park’s trainer, Emma Lavelle.

“It feels amazing to win the Stobart Jockey of the Month prize. When you look at all of the jockeys riding at the moment, to be up for the award with the likes of Harry (Cobden) and Nico (de Boinville) who are two exceptional riders, that was special in itself. To win it feels even better and I couldn’t be happier,” Coleman said.

“It was a fantastic day at Ascot for the JLT Hurdle from many different angles, winning my first Grade 1 was only a small part of it. It was also Emma’s (Lavelle) first Grade 1, and I was over the moon for her.

“From a personal point of view it was just an incredible feeling to finally get that Grade 1 victory that I’ve been waiting so long for, and it was all the sweeter for the wait. Hopefully I won’t have to wait as long for the next one, or I’ll be retired!

“It’s been a great season for me so far. The Grade 1 was a huge bonus and being up for awards like this goes to show you’re doing something right. All things considered it’s been going really well and long may it continue.”

In winning the competition Coleman is awarded £1,000 as well as £500 to donate to a charity of his choice. He selected Racing Welfare as the charity for his donation.

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