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Coming from a family that lives and breathes horse racing, it was only a matter of time before Richie Mclernon made headlines as a top jockey. Following the steps of his uncle and seven-time winner at Cheltenham, Tommy Carmody, Richie Mclernon is definitely raising the bar with each passing festival. Here are some pretty exciting facts about the much-promising Grand National jockey (and not only).
Richie Mclernon: Career
The Grand National jockey claimed his best victory in the Paddy Power Gold Cup on Johns Spirit, spreading waves of delight at the 2012 Cheltenham Festival. Despite being particularly known for suffering the agony and pain of falling by an inch to be crowned the Grand National champ in 2012, Richie Mclernon is prime Grand National favourite.
Admittedly, one of Richie’s biggest pairings to date was the 2012 Grand National ride on 16/1 Sunnyhillboy. His horse marginally finished second, being piped to the post by Neptune Collonges. However, he quickly took that reverse on the chin and nailed a fantastic win at Cheltenham the next morning.
Following the Grand National jockey throughout the years, we notice that the list of achievements keeps growing steadily. In his hands, Garry Clermont got a fine victory in the Maiden Hurdle at Ludlow a few days ago. At nearly the same time, he won the 2019 Handicap Hurdle at Chepstow riding Lock’s Corner, bringing up the 30th winner of the season for the horse’s trainer.
The Cheltenham winning jockey has already won the Festival twice already aboard Hollywell. He guided the fine breed to glory during both the 2013 and 2014 seasons, with training received from famous Jonjo O’Neill. The then eight-year-old spring sprung a 25-1 surprise under Richie in the 2013 Pertemps Final, following the Gold in handicap company less than a year before.
Hollywell finally unseated Mclernon in December 2014 at Aintree, after finishing third. Nevertheless, is has been seen leading other strong names in the horse racing tracks. These include Johns Spirit, of course, who got Richie the Paddy Power Gold Cup! He is seen riding out as often as possible, though, with Regal Encore being the last to win the Royal Ascot The Keltbray Swinley Chase in 2018 from Minella Daddy.
Experts claim that Richie Mclernon’s Grand National top place as a winner will soon be a reality, given his stats and latest performance and form. With 24 wins in a total of 201 rides and a 12% strike rate, he is expected to ride a lot of more high-profile winners that will get him great moments in his career.
Richie has made history for being probably the only rider that went down by as little as a nose (see the 2012 Grand National). Today, the rising star earns well over £250K per season for connections and nothing appears to be getting in his way as he steadily ascents to the top.
As a jump jockey, Richie has nailed 28 out of his 33 winners from 207, when he first joined the O’ Neill stables, under the guidance and training of his fellow Cork ex-patriot.
Richie Mclernon Grand National near champ has scored a total of 24 1st placements within the year. In more detail, in the 2019-2020 GB Jumps, he got 12 Hurdle,11 Chase, and 1 NHF wins in 200 rides overall. These include the Hereford, Ludlow, and Chepstow Racecourses. However, chances are the best is yet to come!