The farmer's son
However, Cobden's first win under rules was actually for Anthony Honeyball in March 2015 - in a story that could have come out of a warped Grange Hill script. Not particularly academic, at 16 Cobden skipped his English GCSE exam to ride El Mondo at Leicester for Honeyball's wife Rachael Green in a hunters' chase. Cobden managed to get El Mondo up for the win at a price of 33/1, earning his father, who had backed the horse with £20, a tidy sum.
Joining Paul Nicholls
"It was a big decision at the time as I was also riding a lot of winners for Colin Tizzard, a neighbouring trainer. After taking my time to think about it, I accepted the job and haven't looked back. I have the best of both worlds, as when I haven't got a ride for Paul, I am able to ride for Colin, I am very fortunate," Cobden told greatbritishlife.co.uk.
Broken neck left career in tatters
Harry Cobden celebrates a win during the 2019 Randox Health Grand National Festival at Aintree Racecourse
"It's the second vertebra down on your neck and my specialist said it's one of the most dangerous ones to do. I feel lucky to be walking around," Cobden told racingpost.com.
Further Grade 1 success
Harry Cobden holds aloft his trophy for winning the RSA Insurance Novices' Chase during the 2019 Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse
Bravemansgame is a suitable mount for a jockey who has fought back from severe injury to assert himself as one of the top jockeys in British National Hunt Racing, and he proved it when winning the King George in 2022.
Cobden's parents, William and Sarah, are working farmers in Lydford-on-Fosse, Somerset. He has an older brother, James.
Brand ambassador role
In November 2023, Cobden signed with Planet Sport Bet as its new horse racing brand ambassador.
The deal will see 18-time Grade 1-winning jockey provide ‘unique insight’ into his rides throughout the 2023/24 National Hunt season via a weekly written blog as well as through regular video content and exposure on social media.
Cobden will also provide analysis each day during the major spring festivals at Cheltenham, Aintree and Punchestown.
Mike Grenham, MD of Betting at Planet Sport, said: “We are delighted to have signed Harry as our horse racing brand ambassador for the 2023/24 National Hunt season. He is one of the top jump jockeys around, and it’s fantastic that he will be able to offer his thoughts on some of the best horses exclusively to our customers.”
The sportsbook officially launched in 2021 as part of the founding of a Betting & Gaming division that also houses multi-sports media title PlanetSport.com and recent acquisition, Tipstrr.
“You just have to look at the likes of Bravemansgame, Stage Star, Stay Away Fay, Captain Teague and Hermes Allen to see the quality that Harry will ride this season,” Grenham continued.
“And with him involved in the jockeys’ title race as well, he’s set for a very exciting season and one we’re really excited to be involved with.”
The 25-year-old, who is stable jockey to 14-time Champion Trainer Paul Nicholls, will ride the likes of Bravemansgame, Stage Star, Stay Away Fay and Captain Teague this season.
“I’m really looking forward to getting started with Planet Sport Bet,” Cobden said. “It might be a relatively new sportsbook, but I’ve been really impressed with what they’ve done so far and what better place to kick things off than at Cheltenham for the November Meeting!
“The National Hunt season is in full swing now and I’m very lucky to be riding some of the best horses in Britain each week, while I’m still focused on challenging for the jockeys’ title. It’s set to be a very exciting few months.”