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Harry Bentley

Biography

Harry Bentley

Brought up in West Sussex, Harry Bentley, 23, was initially apprentice to trainer Gary Moore for whom he rode his first winner in January 2010. He was soon catching the eye further afield and in 2013 became second jockey to His Highness Sheikh Fahad al Thani of Qatar and retained rider to trainer Olly Stevens.

He has ridden with success in Dubai over recent winters and in 2013-14 made a big splash in Qatar, notching his biggest ever victory aboard Dubday in the Qatar Derby in December 2013, riding a six-timer at Doha three weeks later, and eventually becoming champion jockey for the season.

His rise up the ranks nearly culminated with a Classic win in the UK in 2014, when he finished second on Lightning Thunder in both the English and Irish 1000 Guineas.

He is no longer retained by Sheikh Fahad, but his links with Qatar remain. He notched 105 winners and his second jockeys’ championship there in 2015, beating David Bouland’s previous best total of 64. He has also signed a contract to ride for HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Thani, who is the uncle of Sheikh Fahad and son of the former Emir Sheikh Khalifa bin Hamad al Thani.

He has also forged good links this year with trainers Hugo Palmer, William Haggas, Henry Candy and Saeed bin Suroor.



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