JASON Hart has won this year’s Apprentice Jockeys’ Championship.
The title is decided on ridden winners of all Flat and All Weather races from March 22 to the last race at Doncaster tomor- row.
The former high school pupil, whose interest in horses was developed through the Common-Riding and hunting, told the Hawick News: “The season started slowly so it wasn’t my aim to win the championship and I wasn’t too confident as you never know what’s around the corner in racing.”
Despite the 19-year-old’s self confessed slow start, he went on to ride 49 winners, the highlights of which being two trebles at Newcastle and Redcar.
He said: “It means a lot [to win the championship]. All the hard work has paid off. There have been a lot of hours put into it and it’s all come together nicely.”
There have been double celebrations for Jason, who was also crowned the best young jockey at Haydock Park Racecourse.
Heading into the penultimate Flat racing fixture of the season at the north-west racecourse, he led the BETDAQ-sponsored seven-race Apprentice Training Series by just one point from his nearest rival.
And seventh place in the apprentice race final was enough to secure Jason sufficient points to claim the title.
Jason left home at 15 to work with Mark Johnston who got him into the racing school at Newmarket and gave him his first ride on a horse called Elusive Fame.
After riding a good race the Teri youngster came second.
The following year, Jason joined Declan Carroll in Sledmere, near Malton, and has since been noticed by some high-profile trainers, including Eric Alston and Tim Walford. Local trainers Keith Dalgliesh, Ali Whillans and Scobie Jardine have also given Jason rides.