Rising young star gets the leg up again on Basford Green yard’s Star Ascending

STAFFORDSHIRE Moorlands horse racing trainer Jennie Candlish has re-engaged the apprentice jockey of the moment, Rossa Ryan, to ride Star Ascending on the all-weather track at Southwell today (Friday).

Teenager Ryan, pictured, who is attached to the yard of leading trainer Richard Hannon junior, rode a double on Muhajjal and Bezos at Lingfield Races yesterday.

Ryan sits on Star Ascending again after being beaten by only a neck into second place on the five-year-old chestnut gelding over course and distance last time out on Friday.

Trainer Candlish’s Basford Green stables are going through a purple patch, having registered three winners over the festive period.

Two of those wins came on Saturday, with Basford Ben (Huntingdon) and Quick Pick (Sedgefield) adding to the success of the Ryan-ridden Sunshineandbubbles at Southwell last Thursday.

Ryan, 17, is already being viewed by racing experts as one of the most exciting young prospects in the saddle, after coming over from Ireland to join the Hannon set-up only 12 months ago. He has so far ridden 20 winners.

The young jockey was the victim of a nasty fall at Chester Races in July, when he was knocked unconscious after being unshipped by his mount Penny Red in the ANS Maiden Fillies Stakes.

Star Ascending is owned by local businessman Paul Wright-Bevans.

TODAY’S jumps meeting at Doncaster has been abandoned because of the weather, following a second course inspection. The Leicester meeting was already called off.