THIRTY-FOUR wins, 25 second places, 32 thirds and 42 fourth placed finishes that earned over half a million in prizemoney during the 2020/21 National Hunt season have ensured that Simon Torrens was crowned Conditional Champion jockey in Ireland.
The Castlederg native enjoyed a number of high-profile handicap wins during the season, notably at the Dublin Racing Festival at Leopardstown in February where he partnered the Pat Fahy-trained Drop The Anchor to win the Ladbrokes Hurdle and A Wave Of The Sea, trained by Joseph O’Brien, to win the Matheson Handicap Chase, both horses owned by JP McManus.
Drop The Anchor was also a winner for Torrens at the Listowel Festival last September and more recently, he also donned the McManus colours to win the Leinster National Handicap Chase at Naas on Scoir Mear for trainer Tom Mullins.
Simon was presented with the title on Saturday at the conclusion of the Punchestown Festival where he won his final two races of a super campaign.
“It’s great to end a good season on a high like that,” he beamed.
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