Daryl Jacob Introduction


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 of 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 helped launch 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 of racing.


Career Summary


Rising to prominence with his 2011 win at Triumph Hurdle in the Cheltenham Festival, Jacob quickly became a name. This was his first breakout moment after taking over from Walsh as the top boy in the Nicholls yard and In 2014, he took yet 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 prestigious festival.


Sadly, his luck was out that day. He broke his leg, knee and elbow after his ride, Port Melon, crashed into the railing and put him in serious trouble. Now recovered and come back to prominence though, the future looks extremely bright for this talented and determined young jockey.


Achievements & Highlights


Surely the biggest success of his career so far came at the 2012 Grand National, when he won on 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 further 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.


Associations – Paul Nicholls, Ruby Walsh. Neptune Collonges, Zarkander, Lac Fontana, Port Melon.


Earnings – £4.7m total earnings place.



Epsom Downs Racecourse Epsom Downs is one of the racecourses in England with a long history that dates back centuries. The racecourse is
situated at Epsom in Surrey, England. It is a thoroughbred racecourse which hosts exciting race meetings known to be show stoppers throughout the country. The Downs’ attached to the name refer to the North Downs extending from Farnham to Kent. The Northern Downs are part of what makes the racecourse such a pleasant place to be thanks to the scenic views.

Horse racing has been held at Epsom Downs from the 1640s. Since then, horse racing has become one of the most important events in this part of the country. The two most anticipated race meetings are known as The Derby which is one of the finest displays of thoroughbred horse racing in the United Kingdom. The Derby is a race for colts and fillies three years old which is run for about a mile and a half. The Coronation Cup is also held here and accepts horses aged four years and above. The other notable race held here is the Oaks Stakes known popularly as The Oaks which is a race for three year old fillies. The three races which are all Group 1 races use the same course and are run over the same distance.


Epsom Downs is run by the Jockey Club. The racecourse has enjoyed close ties with British royalty since the early days of horse racing which continues to date. In 2011Prince William, Duke of Cambridge accompanied by his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge as well as the Queen, Prince Harry and Michael and Carole Middleton attended The Derby which is known to attract large crowds.


Aside from the exciting horseracing that takes place at the Epsom Downs, the venue also hosts family fun days and is
ideal for small scale and medium scale events. Food and hospitality services are of top-notch quality and so is the service at Epsom Downs.