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Harry Cobden Jockey - Rides, records, statistics, winners and earnings

Harry Cobden is the number one jockey at Ditcheat for Britain's champion trainer Paul Nicholls and is one of the most talented riders in the weighing room.

He seemingly has wisdom beyond his years and Cobden is learning to cope with the pressure of being the main man at one of Britain's biggest training operations.

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Who is Harry Cobden?

Growing up in Somerset, a hotbed of National Hunt racing, the young Cobden spent his formative days on the beef farm that his parents run, ensuring animals were always going to be a part of his life.

He was pony racing before his 10th birthday and local trainer Ron Hodges was amongst the earliest outside influences on the youngster.

Having competed against Nicholls' daughter Megan on the pony racing circuit, Cobden soon found his summers being spent riding out at nearby Ditcheat where his skills were honed watching the likes of Ruby Walsh at work.

"Ruby is definitely someone I admired from an early age. He could do anything, he could win from the front or play the waiting game from the back," Cobden would later tell Great British Racing.

By the age of just 19, Cobden had been named stable jockey for top jumps trainer Paul Nicholls and claimed a first Cheltenham Festival win on Kilbricken Storm for Colin Tizzard, the man that really helped get his career on the move.

Harry Cobden's best horses

Cobden's first win under Rules was actually for Anthony Honeyball in March 2015 and it came with a story attached.

The now 16-year-old Cobden skipped his English GCSE exam to ride El Mondo at Leicester for Honeyball's wife Rachael Green in a hunters' chase and brought the horse home in front at odds of 33/1.

He was soon to be offered a job as conditional rider at Ditcheat, and he got the first key winner of his career when landing the Greatwood Hurdle at Cheltenham in November 2015 on Old Guard.

Since taking the job as Nicholls' top rider, Cobden has enjoyed partnering the likes of Topofthegame, Bravemansgame, Stay Away Fay and Stage Star.

Harry Cobden's Cheltenham Festival winners

Cobden rode his first festival winner on Kilbricken Storm in the 2018 Albert Bartlett for Colin Tizzard but would soon enough be departing Venn Farm in Dorset for pastures new.

Nicholls, for his part, said that he 'had to act' with the knowledge that Tizzard was also keen to have Cobden as his stable jockey once his star was on the rise.

In 2018/19, Cobden hit a century of winners as he established himself in the role at Ditcheat, bagging the 2019 RSA Chase at the Cheltenham Festival on board Topofthegame.

In March 2023 he helped Britain's champion trainer to a Grade 1 brace as Stage Star won the Turners Novices' Chase and Stay Away Fay powered home to win the Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle, before Bravemansgame only gave best to the imperious Galopin Des Champs in the Gold Cup itself.

Cobden was on the winners' board again in 2024, partnering Monmiral to glory in the Pertemps Final in the Cotswolds and taking his Cheltenham Festival tally to five.

Harry Cobden's Grand National record

Cobden has yet to win the big race at Aintree. He got around on Just A Par in 2017 for Nicholls in his first attempt at the Merseyside marathon and also completed the course in 2022 on Lostintranslation for Tizzard, while he was unseated from The Dutchman at the Foinavon fence in 2018.

His other two Grand National mounts at Aintree were pulled up.

Harry Cobden's career earnings

In the last five seasons Cobden has helped connections to pocket £10.7m in prize money.

Any odds displayed were correct at the time of writing and are subject to fluctuation.

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