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About Me
Tom Cannon’s Journey To A Jockey
& Career Highlights
Sponsored By Goodwin Racing.

Tom’s journey to becoming a professional jockey all started from pony racing, then onto show jumping and eventing as a teenager. The next step saw Tom become a point to point rider where he quickly became very successful and took the titles for Champion National Novice Point to Point rider, Champion South East Point to Point rider and runner up in the Amateur title in 2010/2011.

In the 2008/09 season, Tom got the opportunity to race under rules and took his first win in 2010 aboard Days of Pleasure for Chris Gordan. It was in 2013, at just 21 years of age, that Tom got his first big race winner aboard On Trend for Nick Gifford at Sandown. During the same season, Tom also rode Fairy Rath, also trained by Nick Gifford, to two big victories.

For most of his professional career, Tom has been a stable jockey to Chris Gardon at Morestead stables in Winchester. The highlights of Tom’s career with Chris Gardon are winning multiple times on stable star Highway One O One and for the same connections riding Highway One O Two to Grade 2 glory in the Dovecote at Kempton. 

Tom Cannon’s career highlights also include riding the Goodwin Racing owned Sandy Brook to victory at Hereford in February 2021.

Another key part of Tom’s career is becoming the leading jockey for top trainer Alan King, Tom has now been working with Alan for a few years. Here Tom has won multiple races, most notably the controversial Whitbread Gold Cup at Sandown which concludes the jump season. Tom was riding Potterman and actually finished second however, they were promoted to first place in the stewards’ room as the original winner Enrilo deemed to have impeded the third-place horse Kitty’s Light.

Tom lands his first Grade 1 at Sandown December 4th 2021 onboard the Alan King trained Edwardstone, downs favourite Third Time Lucki to land first Grade 1 for Cannon.

A patient ride and a fluent round of jumping were the keys as Edwardstone came up with a wide-margin success in the Close Brothers Henry VIII Novices' Chase under Tom Cannon to earn quotes ranging from 8-1 to 12-1 for the Arkle.

There was a moment when Third Time Lucki threatened to run away from his rivals after a spectacular leap at the open ditch in the back straight.

But the further the race went on the more Edwardstone warmed to his task, while the leader's race was run coming to the second-last, War Lord running on to catch him close home for second.

In recording a first Grade 1 win, Cannon was extremely cool on a horse whose economical and safe jumping belied his previous record of finishing one of three chase starts. 

"The horse does all the talking for me really, he was brilliant," said Cannon. "He was a bit novicey at one or two, but he's only ever had one completed chase start, so he was going to be [novicey].

"[He put in a] Good jump two out and then I gave him a squeeze down to the last and he cleared away well."

 

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