Ireland V Britain (Q.R) Handicap Chase Jockey Biographies
Monday, 11 February 2019 at 12:31PM
JOCKEY PROFILE 1
Patrick Mullins (Ireland)
Patrick has won the Champion Qualified Riders Crown for ten
of the last eleven years and with well over 560 winners to his credit, he
already holds the record of the most wins ever amassed by a Qualified Rider in
Irish history. With four Cheltenham Festival victories to his credit, Patrick
has also won a Galway Hurdle and a Ryanair Hurdle on Sharjah in recent months
while other big race successes have come aboard Un De Sceaux in the 2018
BoyleSports Champion Chase at the Punchestown Festival and Wicklow Brave in the
2017 Punchestown Champion Hurdle.
JOCKEY PROFILE 2
Zac Baker (Britain)
Based at Nigel Twiston-Davies’s yard for 3
seasons, Zac’s most notable winners are the London National on BenBens and the
Welsh Champion Hurdle on The New One. He has enjoyed 33 winners under
rules and 57 point-to-point winners.
JOCKEY PROFILE 3
Derek O’Connor (Ireland)
A multiple Champion Point To Point rider, Derek became the
first jockey to ride 1000 Point To Point winners in February 2015 and he
recently rode his 1200th winner in that sphere in December 2018. With three
Cheltenham Festival winners to his credit, Derek is also the only Qualified
Rider to date to win the Irish Gold Cup at Leopardstown, a feat he managed on
the Joseph O’Brien trained Edwulf just over a year ago.
JOCKEY PROFILE 4
Alex Edwards (Britain)
Alex works for Philip Rowley and is
reigning National Champion point-to-point rider. He has ridden 31 winners
under rules and 132 point-to-pointing. Alex’s career highlight to date is
his winning the Timico Mixed Open Gold Cup Final Hunters’ Chase at Cheltenham
with Barel of Laughs last season.
JOCKEY PROFILE 5
Lisa O’Neill (Ireland)
Runner up to Patrick Mullins in last year’s Qualified Riders
Championship, Lisa has really come to prominence over the past few years with a
couple of high profile victories to her credit. She enjoyed a notable success
on subsequent Aintree Grand National hero Tiger Roll in the 2017 National Hunt
Chase at Cheltenham while she also landed the prestigious Kerry National at
Listowel in 2016 on Wrath Of Titans before partnering Potters Point to success
in the same race twelve months later.
JOCKEY PROFILE 6
Brodie Hampson (Britain)
Brodie has ridden 29 winners under rules
(20 of which over jumps) and 14 point-to-point winners. Her career highlight
so far was the Royal Artillery Gold Cup on Jenny’s Surprise at Sandown for her
father. Brodie started riding when 16 when working for Sally Randell and
now works for John O’Shea, riding most of his jumpers.
JOCKEY PROFILE 7
Aine O’Connor (Ireland)
Now based in the UK, Aine had previously ridden in Ireland
for a number of years and is a very experienced rider. She enjoyed success on
Coldstonesober in the 2017 renewal of the Ladies Grand National at Fairyhouse
while she also partnered former dual Cheltenham Foxhunters Chase and Aintree
Foxhunters Chase winner, On The Fringe, to a notable success in a hunters chase
at Listowel last June for trainer Enda Bolger. In recent seasons, she has been
based in England and has ridden 12 winners over there.
JOCKEY PROFILE 8
Tabitha Worsley (Britain)
Tabitha has ridden 12 winners under rules
and 23 point-to-point winners. Her career highlights so far are winning
the Silver Plate at Perth last summer with Go West Young Man together with
winning on Lough Inch to achieve the deciding win when he was leading horse.