Taunton-born jockey Harry Cobden has been named Stobart Jockey of the Month for February after receiving a commanding 55% of the vote ahead of Sam Twiston-Davies (24%) and Sean Bowen (21%).
The award marks another impressive month for Paul Nicholls’ premier jockey, who secured 20 wins from just 61 rides (at a strike rate of 33%) during February. He has climbed into the top five of the Stobart Jump Jockeys’ Championship – see table here.
The 20-year-old believes this impressive form will stand him in good stead heading into next week’s Cheltenham Festival, where he will ride Magners Gold Cup hope Clan Des Obeaux.
“I’m absolutely delighted to have been named Stobart Jockey of the Month, and hugely grateful to everyone who voted for me,” Cobden said.
“It was a fantastic February for me and gives me massive confidence going into an important part of the season.
“It is always good to be going into the Cheltenham Festival with wins under the belt and the stable in good form.”
Amongst the 20 wins was an extraordinary four-timer at Ascot on 16 February, which included victory in the Betfair Denman Chase aboard Clan Des Obeaux and a thrilling 17-length victory with Cyrname in the Betfair Ascot Chase, which has since seen the gelding classed as the highest-rated jumps horse in training.
Cobden also had the pleasure of riding Nicholls’ 3,000th winner at Taunton Racecourse on Capitaine in the Greene King Handicap Hurdle.
Cobden revealed he was delighted to be a part of such special days and that his next target was 100 winners in the Stobart Jump Jockeys’ Championship, a feat he has yet to achieve in his career so far.
He said: “The four-timer at Ascot and riding the 3,000th winner for Paul Nicholls were great days for me and the team. They were not only key moments in February, but also for my season.
“At the start of the season, we had the aim of reaching 100 wins and February has been vital to me now being on the verge of hitting that target.
“I’d like to thank the trainers and owners who continue to show faith in me and once again thanks to everyone who has contributed to me winning this award.”
In winning the competition Cobden is awarded £1,000 as well as £500 to donate to a charity of his choice. He selected the Injured Jockeys Fund as the charity for his donation.
Graphic courtesy of Great British Racing.