National Hunt Jockey of the Year
It took ten years and a history-making ride on Red Rum in 1977 for a jockey to land this prestigious award for a second time. Tommy Stack is one of many legends to feature on the jumps jockeys’ roll of honour which would later include Jonjo O’Neill and Bob Champion.
Between 1983 and 1991 only Chris Grant could deny the prize heading to either Peter Scudamore and John Francome but the more dominant figure in the category would first appear in 1996, with Sir Anthony McCoy enjoying the first of 14 victories. He is the winningmost person across all of the categories at the Derby awards with only Ruby Walsh prying the award away up until 2011.
McCoy also won again when the jumps and flat category merged for six years – and he remains the only jumps rider to win in that period – but recently it has been the girls who have triumphed with Bryony Frost and Rachael Blackmore landing the honour.
In 2022, the dedicated Brian Hughes was rewarded with success and later that season went on to win a third jockeys’ championship.
HWPA members can vote on this category. Nominations will be announced later this year.
From 2012 until 2016 there was a joint jockeys category.