WILL BIDDICK BREAKS BRITISH RECORD

By Granville Taylor

Truro born point-to-point jockey Will Biddick, now based at Ditcheat, Somerset, wrote himself into the sporting history books at the Eggesford meeting at Upcott Cross on Saturday (27 April).

Biddick, 32, broke the record for a British point-to-point rider when achieving his 415th career victory in the saddle, beating the previous record set by Richard Burton, who retired in 2011.

He rode his first winner in 2004 and achieved another personal landmark of 68 wins in a season in 2015. After he had held the British title on six consecutive occasions, he was superseded by Alex Edwards last year.

Asked whether the record total was more important to him than being champion jockey, he told me, “It is nice to get the record, but my main aim is to get the title back this year.” As I write he has 27 winners, just one behind Alex Edwards.

Much respected by fellow jockeys, he took it in good heart when amidst rousing cheers they celebrated the occasion by manhandling him into the paddock water trough after his win on Kernel Victor

Will Biddick passes Richard Burton’s record British Point-To-Point wins on Kernal Victor in the last at Upcott Cross (c) Megan Cobley Photography