Trophy named in honour of O’Ryan

This year's leading apprentice will be presented with the Tom O'Ryan Champion Apprentice trophy.

The apprentice trophy will be named in honour of the late Tom O'Ryan

The newly acquired perpetual trophy, which is funded by sponsor Stobart Group, has been named in honour of the former jockey turned racing journalist who recently lost his battle with cancer and will be presented to the apprentice who has ridden the most winners during the championship period, which ends on October 15.

Andrew Tinkler, chief executive of Stobart Group, said: "Tom O'Ryan was always on hand to help out young riders when they needed advice and we were delighted to help facilitate his name being associated with the new Champion Apprentice trophy."

Paul Hanagan, former champion apprentice and champion jockey, 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."

Tom Marquand was last year's champion apprentice and is currently just two winners behind championship leader Josephine Gordon as he bids to defend his crown.

He said: "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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