Get to know Great British Racing ambassador Harry Cobden

Blogs | 12th November 2020

Get to know more about  young jockey Harry Cobden, including his rise to the top of the sport, his impressive career stats and what's in store this season as Great British Racing's ambassador.

The Facts

Name: Harry Cobden

Date of birth: 5th November 1998.

Interesting fact: Not keen on his academic studies, Harry Cobden decided to miss his English GCSE exam and instead went to Leicester racecourse where he rode a 33/1 winner.

Horses associated with: Cyrname, Clan Des Obeaux, Topofthegame, Politologue, Elegant Escape, Dynamite Dollars, Greaneteen, Diego Du Charmil (to name a few).

Meteoric Rise to the Top

Harry Cobden has achieved eight Grade 1 wins and over 40 Grade race victories to date, at the age of just 22.

Cobden has won prestigious races including the King George VI Chase at Kempton in 2018 on board Clan Des Obeaux as well as the RSA Insurance Novices’ Chase at the Cheltenham Festival in 2019 with Topofthegame.

Harry Cobden wins the King George with Clan Des Obeaux
Clan Des Obeaux
Harry Cobden wins the 2019 RSA Chase at Cheltenham with Topofthegame

Cobden was born into a farming family surrounded by cattle, sheep, dogs and of course horses. He started riding at the age of just two and a half years old, and regularly took part in pony racing in his youth.

The Somerset-based jockey started riding professionally in the 2014-15 season with Anthony Honeyball and joined the Paul Nicholls yard as a conditional jockey the following season where he made quite an impression. Within months of arriving, he recorded his debut Cheltenham victory on board Old Guard, a month later winning the Grade 3 Greatwood Hurdle with the same horse.

Since then, Cobden has won the Conditional Jockeys’ Championship in 2016-2017 as well as being a consistent performer at the highest level and a mainstay in the top 10 of the Jump Jockeys Championship.

Some of the biggest victories in recent years include the 2017 Tingle Creek on Politologue and the 2019 Ascot Chase with Cyrname. He’s even bagged two Grade 2 wins at this early stage of the season with Cyrname in the Charlie Hall Chase and Greaneteen in the Haldon Gold Cup.

What’s coming up this season

Harry Cobden has been in fine form this season, he’s right up there at the top of the Jump Jockeys’ Championship with an impressive strike rate to boot.

Jump Jockeys' Championship 2020

We’ll be bringing you the latest, exclusive insight into Harry Cobden’s Champion Jockey title run as well as bringing you behind-the-scenes with all the great horses Cobden will be riding this season.

Additionally as the Great British Racing ambassador for the 2020/2021 season, Cobden will giving exclusive insight into his life as a person as well as a jockey, and of course giving you the inside scoop on all his big upcoming rides.

Keep your eyes peeled on our socials and the Harry Cobden blog.