The new names that it will pay to follow in 2021 – emerging jockeys, star horses and trainers of the future

THINGS might just be a bit more normal in the racing world in 2021.

So which names do you need to look out for? Who are the stars of the future?

Laura Pearson

The 19-year-old has quickly made a name for herself in recent months and plenty of trainers have been quick to snap her up when available.

Based at Tom Clover’s in Newmarket, 7lbs claimer Pearson is one to watch when the Flat gets going in the spring.

Her strike-rate on the all-weather has been brilliant and she’s shown she is more than capable of reading and judging a race.

That 7lbs claim won’t last long!

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The current antepost Derby favourite is unbeaten in two starts for Aidan O’Brien, winning a Group 2 on just his second outing.

He’s held in the highest of regard at Ballydoyle and O’Brien has already earmarked him as his big Epsom hope.

The son of Galileo will have the world as his oyster as a three-year-old.

Rossa Ryan

Galway-born Ryan made the move to England in 2017 but enjoyed a breakthrough campaign last season.

A first Royal Ascot success on Highland Chief earned plenty of plaudits and more of the bigger trainers are sitting up and taking notice.

Richard Hannon, Roger Varian, Ralph Beckett and the Coles are all using Ryan regularly and you can expect to see him in more of the bigger races next season.

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Paul Nicholls is always bullish about his best horses but he takes that to a new level with this youngster.

After his last win at Newbury, Nicholls proudly stated ‘we’ll take the Denman route’.

He should be a big player in the big novice hurdles come the spring time, but it will be next winter when we see him over fences that punters should really sit up and take notice.

He’s a brute of a horse, cost £370,000 and is in the right hands. What’s not to like?

Kevin Brogan

Brogan made the move to Jonjo O’Neill’s from Gordon Elliott’s in 2020 and has hardly looked back since.

The 19-year-old has already notched up 12 wins this season at a strike rate of 22%.

He’s one of the most in demand conditionals on the Jumps circuit.

Wins on Unowhatimeanharry at Aintree and Tegerek at Cheltenham pushed him into the limelight and he’s made the most of that since and already has the backing of some big names.

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Tom Symonds

Symonds has been a trainer for close to ten years, but has burst onto the scene in a big way in recent months.

After learning from the best in Nicky Henderson, horses like Song For Someone and Llandinabo Lad have taken him up a notch.

Former trainer David Dennis has moved his horses to the yard and become assistant and with four months left of the season Symonds has already topped his best ever campaign in prize money and winners.

You’ll be hearing a lot more of Symonds in 2021.

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