Derham happy to take stock
Last Updated: 03/09/14 3:41pm
Harry Derham is not rushing into any hasty decisions about his future career after announcing his retirement from the saddle at the age of just 19.
A heavy fall from Fox Run at Chepstow last October, where the horse lost his life, gave Derham an injury but caused a more lasting affect on his confidence in the saddle.
Riding largely for his uncle, champion trainer Paul Nicholls, Derham finishes with exactly 50 winners under Rules and many National Hunt highlights, as well as being a star on the pony racing and point-to-point circuits.
He landed the December Gold Cup on Unioniste, the Greatwood Handicap Hurdle on Brampour and had a Cheltenham Festival success on Salubrious.
"After what happened to Fox Run, I'd be lying if I said it didn't affect me," said Derham.
"I don't think I was riding with the same confidence as I was before, and that becomes something you have to consider very seriously as I was in a very privileged position.
"Paul has been absolutely brilliant, he said that there's a job for me at the yard for as long as I want it, and I want to keep working.
"I'm young, and I've got lots of options to weigh up. Racing will always be a passion and it just depends if I can find a job that suits me. I'd be very silly to say that I wouldn't want another job in racing, we'll just see what happens."
Reflecting on his career, Derham said: "I'd have to say Brampour in the Greatwood was the highlight. I was just starting out, and it was my first big winner at Cheltenham. It doesn't get any better than that."