Jockey Louis Steward (18), a 5lb claimer who enjoyed wide acclaim for his bold riding feat to win the Ebor on Mutual Regard in August, won another big handicap yesterday in the Cambridgeshire on board Bronze Angel.
The five-year-old, trained by Marcus Tregoning, was the first horse to achieve a Cambridgeshire double since Rambo’s Hall, which had won the race in 1989 and 1992. The young rider rode the 14–1 shot confidently, moving up on the far side to slot in behind the leaders.
He picked the perfect moment to move clear pf Niceofyoutotellme and Velox, which were second in a dead-heat.
The young rider said of Bronze Angel:” He loves a big field and he comes best on quick ground. He travelled well, he just got bumped about a bit. I wanted a nice lead and he ran a very nice race. The Ebor was spectacular but to finish the year off like this is fantastic.
He was praised by trainer Marcus Tregoning who said: “IHe was very calm, ice cool, which is important because the pressure is on in these big races. It’s a great training performance by the team, and Bronze Angel is a consistent performer, who loves fast ground. The one mile one furlong trip is perfect for him.”
Based with Newmarket trainer Michael Bell, the young rider had made an impressive start this year when winning the Hands and Heels Apprentice Championship in March His home is in Great Yarmouth, but he had been riding from an early age, competing in show jumping and gymkhanas. His mother owned racehorse Jupiter Island, trained by Clive Britain.
But his grandfather, Eric Steward, who has a strong knowledge of racing, has been his biggest influence.Louis started going racing with him when he was 14 and went to the British Racing School in Newmarket when he was 15.