Champion apprentice trophy named after Tom O'Ryan

Tom O'Ryan

Tom O’Ryan: mentored many young jockeys including Paul Hanagan

 By David Baxter 10:25AM 4 OCT 2016 

THIS year’s Stobart champion apprentice will be the first to be presented with a new trophy named in honour of Tom O’Ryan, who lost his battle with cancer earlier in the year.

Former broadcaster and Racing Post journalist O’Ryan also enjoyed a successful career as a jockey, and helped many young jockeys starting out.

His support of new riders has been recognised with the trophy, and former champion apprentice and champion jckey Paul Hanagan said:  “I knew Tom well when I was based up north, he was always a great help to us in the weighing room and helped me out as young jockey.

“He was a racing man through and through and understood the game well and I am delighted to see his name associated with the new apprentice trophy.”

Last year’s champion apprentice Tom Marquand, who turns professional next week, and trails leader Josephine Gordon 44 to 46 in this year’s contest, added: “It’s fitting a tribute to have the new trophy named in Tom O’Ryan’s honour. He was widely known as somebody that helped a lot of apprentices over the years and all he ever did was give to racing – especially apprentices.

“I don’t think anybody would have a bad thing to say about him, he was a fantastic person. I would be immensely proud to win the trophy named in his honour.”

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