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Racing media took what seemed a daily opportunity to put forward Bryony Frost and the Bowen brothers as the go-to up-and-coming jump jockeys for all of last season. All three are good riders of course, but racegoing public be aware - several other promising, most capable, conditional jockeys are available.
This season I'm keen to follow the fortunes of Seamus Mullins's useful conditional Daniel Sansom, who's been around a while now, but still seems to be under the radar when it comes to people taking notice. By the end of August 2018, having taken his first ride in March 2014, he'd ridden 31 winners from 258 rides, and still claimed 5 lbs.
Not the greatest strike rate maybe, only 12%, but a £1 on all his rides since he started would have showed a level-stakes profit of £45.53 (17.6%).
Two lucrative wins on Chesterfield in April 2017 got Sansom noticed in this corner. The combination took the conditionals' and amateurs' handicap hurdle at Aintree, the last race on Grand National day, and then followed up in a tight finish from Zubayr in the Scottish Champion Hurdle at Ayr, starting at 8/1 and 12/1 respectively.
Sansom hasn't had many outside rides to date, but rode his first winner outside of his retained stable when steering Romulus Du Donjon to victory at Catterick on 24th November 2017. His strike rate for other yards is about the same as overall, four from 32 at the end of August 2018, but showing a substantial LSP, albeit inflated by a 50/1 bumper winner for Paul George at Worcester at the end of that month.
Phil Middleton has provided Sansom with two of his outside wins. That's two from eight rides (at a 62.5% LSP), and another two finished second. Worth noting if Sansom takes more mounts for Middleton in the new season.
But whether he's riding for his retained yard or for other stables, Daniel Sansom is a jockey to have on your side this season, period.
Follow Daniel Sansom on Twitter at @SansomDan
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