Beverley Racecourse’s Top 2021 Jockeys & Trainers

Beverley Racecourse’s Top 2021 Jockeys & Trainers
Beverley Racecourse’s Top 2021 Jockeys & Trainers

Beverley racecourse is one of the most historic flats courses in the country, having been founded all the way back in 1752.

It still hosts a race that contests the Watt Memorial Plate, something betting punters and tipsters get excited about to this day.

The course still manages to punch above its weight despite only being part of a small market town, and having to compete with larger courses such as York. This means it remains a bastion of equestrianism in East Yorkshire; where online free bets are regularly used to back some of the UK’s best up and coming riding and training talent.

2021 has been a trying year for everyone connected with horse racing, but true to form everyone has battled through to produce some stunning sporting moments that will be remembered forever by spectators and sports bettors alike, and Beverley racecourse has played its part in that.

Here we take a look at some of the jockeys and trainers who have had a particularly fruitful 2021 out on the Beverley Westwood.

Horse racing is part of the fabric of Beverley and race days bring visitors from all around Yorkshire, and even further afield

Jockey: Joanna Mason – Malton Born and Bred

When it comes to riding winners at Beverley in 2021, Joanna Mason and Kevin Stott are tied at 10 wins apiece. However, when you consider that Mason only needed to ride in 29 races to reach that total as opposed to Stott’s 47 and it is clear that Mason has earned bragging rights at the East Yorkshire course.

It comes as no surprise that she feels at home at Beverley because she comes from just up the road in Malton and is the granddaughter of revered Yorkshire-based trainer Mick Easterby. She started life as a point-to-point racer and transitioned to eventing and jumps. Unfortunately, that career trajectory had to be reconsidered after a bad fall saw her break some vertebrae.

Jumping and cross country’s loss has been flat racing’s gain, because she has already racked up an impressive number of victories around the UK, despite having only turned pro at the end of 2020. No doubt there is more to come from this rising star of the racing scene.

Lots of the jockeys and trainers mentioned here have become accustomed to seeing their horses romp home to victory on the Beverley Westwood flats
Lots of the jockeys and trainers mentioned here have become accustomed to seeing their horses romp home to victory on the Beverley Westwood flats

Trainer: Mick & David Easterby – The Key to Mason’s Success

A large part of the reason for Mason’s success at Beverley are her connections, with the Easterby clan using her as their number 1 rider. This is a combination that has paid dividends for all involved and has seen the Mick & David Easterby Racing Club post an incredible win percentage of 29% at Beverley in 2021.

At the final count their namesake Tim Easterby had won more races overall (13), but it did take him 100 starts to reach that total, whereas Mick & David’s charges only required 28 runs to rack up an impressive 8 triumphs.

Jockey: Daniel Tudhope – 1k Winners and Counting

While Mason is something of a newbie to the pro racing game, Daniel Tudhope is at the complete other end of the spectrum, having surpassed 1,000 career race wins in 2019 as well as having a multitude of Royal Ascot wins under his belt. He is a regular at Beverley, due mostly to the fact that he lives locally in Thirsk, making the swift trip south now and again to put the fear of God into the rest of the field.

In 2021 his strike rate of 28% was only surpassed by Mason, as he took home 9 race wins from 32 scintillating rides.

Trainer: Mark Johnston – Middleham Master

Mark Johnston’s training operation is also in Yorkshire, although it is a fair trek all the way from Middleham to Beverley. Not that it stops one of the country’s top trainers, who accrued 11 wins from just 49 runs in 2021, putting him joint 2nd alongside Kevin Ryan for trainer strike rates. No doubt he will be looking to go one better in 2022.

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