Welcome to our profile of jockey David Probert.
Welsh jockey David Probert, born in 1988, shared the title of British flat racing Champion Apprentice in 2008.
Probert was raised competing in pony racing and gymkhana in and around Wales. He was born in Bargoed, Wales, and attended Ysgol Gyfun Cwm Rhymni Welsh language school. He went to Newmarket’s British Racing School.
His first winner came in 2007 on Mountain Pass for John Lewis Llewellyn, but since leaving the school, he has ridden for Andrew Balding and has had Ian Balding as a mentor. He and William Buick shared the 2008 British Flat Racing Champion Apprentice title.
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Key Stats about David Probert
- Name – David Probert
- Date of Birth – 1 January 1988
- Birthplace – Bargoed, Wales
- Riding Weight – 8st 4lbs
- Big Wins: Sky Bet York Stakes, Duchess of Cambridge Stakes, Lancashire Oaks, Sweet Solera Stakes, Stewards’ Cup, Albany Stakes, John of Gaunt Stakes and many more!
- Nationality – Welsh
Jockey Profile – D Probert
Probert revealed a natural talent for riding at an early age and was soon competing in pony racing and gymkhana.
He then attended the British Racing School in Newmarket before joining the Balding stable at Kingsclere.
His first winner under rules was Mountain Pass for Welsh Trainer John Llewellyn in 2007.
David Probert – Key Jockey Stats
Probert shared the 2008 British Champion Apprentice title with William Buick, another leading jockey to emerge from the Balding camp.
He has been a prolific jockey ever since, recording his first century in a season in 2014.
He rode a career-best 112 winners in 2019 and is set to pass that total comfortably in 2021.
In 2016 Probert rode his first four-timer at Brighton at accumulative odds in excess of 8000-1.
David Probert’s Big Race Wins
Probert rode the well-backed Dancing Star to win the Stewards’ Cup for Jeff Smith and Andrew Balding in 2016.
Most of his big-race successes have been for Balding, including Group 2 victories aboard Bangkok (York Stakes) and Sandrine (Duchess of Cambridge Stakes) in 2021.
He has also won the Group 3 Sweet Solera Stakes on Majestic Glory and the Albany Stakes on Sandrine.
His first Group race victories abroad and in Britain both came aboard Balding’s Highland Knight in 2012. Highland Knight won the Darley Oettingen-Rennen at Baden-Baden, a race Probert would later win on Here Comes When for the same stable in 2015.
David Probert’s Most Famous Victories
Probert’s win on 9-2 Stewards’ Cup favourite Dancing Star in 2016 was a very important victory for him and the horse’s connections. He had ridden the filly to success in a valuable handicap at Newmarket on her previous start and retained the ride for the big Goodwood sprint.
Dancing Star was related to Lochsong who had won the race in the same colours 24 years’ earlier.
Bangkok’s surprise 14-1 success in the 2021 Sky Bet York Stakes was a perfect demonstration of Probert’s talents. The five-year-old is well known to take a fierce hold in his races and was expected to run out of steam behind hot favourite Mohaafeth and Aidan O’Brien’s Armory. In a slowly-run race, Probert managed to keep enough in reserve to repel Juan Elcano and Mohaafeth by a head and a neck in a thrilling finish.
David Probert Rides
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Summary of Jockey David Probert
David Probert has finally started gaining the recognition he deserves for years of excellent service to the Balding stable.
He is a trusted member of the team at Kingsclere and it is surely only a matter of time before he is banging in Group 1 victories.
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