Champion apprentice trophy named after Tom O’Ryan

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

O'Ryan remembered with apprentice title 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.

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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, 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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