Jockey Brendan Powell in the mood again to land the Ladbrokes Trophy Chase with Fiddlerontheroof

Jockey Brendan Powell in the mood to land the Ladbrokes Trophy Chase in Newbury with Fiddlerontheroof

  • Brendan Powell has fond memories of Newbury’s Ladbrokes Trophy Chase
  • His second place finish on The Conditional in the 2019 helped boost his career
  • And he recently racked up major wins with trainer Colin Tizzard



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Jockey Brendan Powell has fond memories of Newbury’s Ladbrokes Trophy Chase and they will be surpassed if he can land the prestigious award at Fiddlerontheroof.

It was Powell’s second-place finish on The Conditional in the 2019 run, helping to turn the tide of a once-promising career that quickly flowed south with just nine wins the previous season.

Powell finished third again at The Conditional in 2020, while the David Bridgwater-trained gelding put him back in the spotlight by taking his third win at the Cheltenham Festival.

Jockey Brendan Powell has fond memories of Newbury's Ladbrokes Trophy Chase

Jockey Brendan Powell has fond memories of Newbury’s Ladbrokes Trophy Chase

It was Colin Tizzard, trainer of Fiddlerontheroof, who gave Powell his first festival win over Golden Chieftain in 2013 before going their separate ways.

The fact that their relationship was revived over the summer is the main reason Powell is now on course for his best season ever, with Sherborne’s win over Lingfield on Thursday, his 34th of the season.

They include major wins for the Powell-Tizzard combination with Fiddlerontheroof, Eldorado Allen and Lostintranslation.

There was a stage where Powell could only dream of getting back on horses of that quality.

He even rode out for championship trainer Paul Nicholls, without much hope of getting rides, just to maintain a feel for better quality horses.

Powell, 26, said: “Most days I went racing I was running complete no-hopers. I wanted to ride a few better quality horses to keep my focus. If you ride bad horses day in and day out, you get bad habits.’

Powell and Colin Tizzard have had success with Fiddlerontheroof and Lostintranslation

Powell and Colin Tizzard have had success with Fiddlerontheroof and Lostintranslation

Powell and Colin Tizzard have had success with Fiddlerontheroof and Lostintranslation

Reflecting on why he initially broke up with Tizzard, Powell said, “A few horses dropped late in races and a few things started to go wrong. We never fell out, we just went our separate ways.

“It was hard to have nine winners in a season after a few good seasons, but the fire was always there and it never occurred to me to pack.

“I think I’m not only a better jockey now, I’m a better person, I can handle the bad days much better than I used to.”

Powell is well aware of how mental the ups and downs of a jockey can be.

His Cheltenham Festival win over The Conditional came between best friends of the Weighing Room – James Banks and Liam Treadwell – committing suicide. Powell said, “It puts life in perspective. If you spend about a day at the races, you quickly remember that there are much worse things going on in the world.

“It’s been a rough few months, but they wouldn’t have wanted me to grumble.

“I had some really bad days, but luckily the racing keeps you focused. If you get up every morning and have to do your work, it keeps you on the right path.’

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