Still building is career today is Daryl Jacob, an Irish jockey who rides as the number one for Paul Nicholls. The heir to the throne or Ruby Walsh, Jacob took over when Walsh moved on and became an impressive part of a growing list of achievements in his own fledgling career. With several landmark wins that already help to set aside a growing career from the rest of the pack, there’s little doubt that Daryl Jacob has a long lasting and highly successful career ahead of him in the sport.
Rising to prominence for most people with his 2011 win at Triumph Hurdle in the Cheltenham Festival, Jacob quickly became a name worth remembering for any jockey. This was his first breakout moment after taking over from Walsh as the top boy in the Nicholls yard. In 2014, he took another win at the Cheltenham festival when he rode Lac Fontana in the Vincent O’Brien County Handicap Hurdle, winning on the last day of the festival.
Sadly, he broke his leg, knee and elbow after his ride, Port Melon, crashed into the railing and put him in serious trouble. Now recovering and come back to prominence, the future looks extremely bright for a fun and talented young jockey.
Achievements & Highlights
Probably the biggest success of his career so far comes at the 2012 Grand National, when he won on top of Neptune Collonges. With hopefully more to come, it was a major and landmark win for the team, as they beat second-placed Sunnyhillboy to win what is regarded as the closest ever finish in the Grand National history.
That’s some going for someone so young and with so much to go in a career that could yet have even more twists and turns to celebrate!
Major Wins – 2011 JCB Triumph Hurdle, 2012 Aintree Grand National, 2014 County Hurdle.
Earnings – £4.7m total earnings place.