Harry Skelton grateful for support after winning 2020-21 Jump Jockeys Championship
HARRY Skelton has admitted winning the 2020-21 Jump Jockeys Championship still hasn’t sunk in.
The 31-year-old, based at brother Dan’s Lodge Hill stable in Shelfield Green, Alcester, managed to get his name on the championship trophy for the very first time after a close battle with reigning champion Brian Hughes.
Skelton took the 2020-21 title after riding 152 winners from his 683 rides, equating to a strike rate of 22 per cent.
Hughes, who led the championship for large parts of the season, finished second with 142 winners from 890 rides, a strike rate of 16 per cent.
The majority of Skelton’s rides have been provided by brother Dan and he could not be more grateful for the support he has received throughout the season.
“When I was growing up, all I ever wanted to do was to win the title and to have done that is very special,” Skelton told the Herald.
“Looking on it, it still hasn’t sunk in yet to realise my name is on the trophy.
“Brian pushed me all the way, but that’s good because you need competition to bring the best out of you.
“Competition keeps you honest and your mind on the job. It’s been a massive team effort to win the title.
“Everyone has played their part and done everything they needed to.
“My name may be on the trophy, but there’s a lot of people who have helped me get there.”