Harry Cobden narrowly claims Jockey of the Month prize after November success
Harry Cobden has been named Jockey of the Month for November after a memorable month of 14 wins, including a momentous victory with Cyrname over Altior in the Christy 1965 Chase at Ascot Racecourse.
The 21-year-old scoops the prize after receiving 37.2% of the vote, narrowly ahead of fellow nominees Ben Jones (36.5%) and Robbie Power (26.3%), who also enjoyed impressive performances in November.
Jones claimed the biggest win of his career to date with Rasher De Counter in the prestigious Ladbrokes Trophy Chase at Newbury Racecourse, whilst Power secured victory with Lostintranslation in the Betfair Chase at Haydock Park Racecourse.
Cyrname’s win in the Christy 1965 Chase ended the 19-race unbeaten run of rival Altior and sees Paul Nicholls stable star priced at 5/2 for the prestigious Ladbrokes King George VI Chase, which takes place at Kempton Park on Boxing Day – a race that could also feature Altior and Lostintranslation.
Wow. Wow. And wow again.
— ITV Racing (@itvracing) November 23, 2019
On being named Jockey of the Month, Cobden said: “I’m delighted, it was a fantastic month with some big wins with the likes of Cyrname and Give Me A Copper. To be recognised for that and named Jockey of the Month is great. I’m extremely grateful for the support and want to thank everyone who voted for me.
“November feels like when the season really got started for me. There are many exciting races to come and I’m really looking forward to the rest of the season.”
The Somerset-based jockey also enjoyed success aboard Give Me A Copper in the Badger Beers Silver Trophy Handicap Chase at Wincanton and ended the month with a delightful double at Newbury’s Ladbrokes Winter Carnival – triumphing with Danny Whizbang in the Ladbrokes John Francome Novices’ Chase and then winning the Ladbrokes Handicap Chase with Magic Saint. This was one of five doubles Cobden claimed during November.
His tally for the season so far is 43 wins from 208 rides and therefore 7th placed in the 2019/20 Jump Jockeys’ Championship – see table here.
In winning the competition, Harry Cobden is awarded £1,000 and a £500 charity donation of his choice. He has selected the Injured Jockeys Fund as his chosen charity.