One To Watch: Danny Benson
Victory on-board the John Nicholson trained Mill Forge at Naas last weekend was the fourth victory of the season for one of the rising stars of the weigh room, Danny Benson, a tally the young man is very much hoping to add to in the coming season. With his Mother having been a trainer and his Father a jockey, Danny was always destined to become involved in the Racing industry and showed his talents from an early age with being crowned Champion pony rider in 2009.
Speaking to Rory Burke on RacingFM, Benson said: “It was great days back then. I had a good grounding in the pony racing. It is a different ball game when you come into this (professional ranks) but I enjoyed every minute of it.”
Benson may now be known for his ability negotiating the obstacles in the National Hunt sphere but he actually started his career as an apprentice to the Ger Lyons yard: “I was riding out for Ger Lyons when I was 12 and 13 in the summer and at weekends and I was very lucky to sign on to him when I turned 15. I loved every minute of being an apprentice but I got too big.”
This made the youngster turn his attention to the jumping game and last year he spent the year learning his craft in the Jonjo O’Neill yard: “It was very good experience, it is a lovely yard and he is a lovely man to work for. I did a lot of schooling over fences and things like that – so it was good to go over there.”
Despite having had a tough time of it on his return to Ireland at the start, things have been taking a turn for the better in recent times, mainly thanks to the support from a variety of top trainers including Gavin Cromwell, Dermot Weld, Gordon Elliot, Norman Cassidy and John Nicholson.
Having already ridden a winner at the Galway festival for Joanna Morgan and at Listowel in the colours of J.P McManus, Benson has the form in the book but he is looking forward to working hard this season and getting the rewards it brings.
“I want to keep my head down, keep working away and get as many winners as I can. The season is only really starting to get going now so hopefully I can keep injury free – which is the main thing – and ride some good horses.”
You can hear RacingFM’s full interview with Danny Benson below…
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