Harry Cobden Blog: The best jockey I’ve ever faced

Blogs | 12th January 2021

The number one rider for Paul Nicholls, Harry Cobden, faces a series of quickfire questions, including revealing the toughest opponent he's ever faced on the track.

Feels a bit late to be saying Happy New Year to you all but Happy New Year anyway. I’m hoping everyone is trying to stay as positive as possible in lockdown, at least this time around the vaccines have given us hope and a pathway back to some sort of normality.

For me personally, I had a good first half of the season in 2020 but that’s been and done now. I’m going to be keeping my head down, taking it day-by-day, and hopefully I can keep apace with the guys at the top of the Jump Jockeys’ Championship with all the top horses I’m so lucky to ride.

Here’s my answers to various quick fire questions about my career and my colleagues in the weighing room.

Quick-fire Questions

Number One ride of your career?

Topofthegame in the 2019 RSA Chase at the Cheltenham Festival

Number One Flat race you’d most like to ride in (and win!)?

The Derby

Number One race would you re-watch live if you had a time machine?

Clan Des Obeaux’s 2018 King George win

Clan Des Obeaux 2018 King George Harry Cobden

Number One racecourse?


Number One race of the year?

Cheltenham Gold Cup

Number One jockey you’ve faced and why?

Noel Fehily – He was tactically brilliant

Number One comedian in the weighing room?

Mattie Batchelor

Number One rider you’d not want to face in a finish?

Richard Johnson