Saturday 21st April held the prestigious Scottish Grand National at Ayr, along with the final of the Hands and Heels Jump series. Sean Houlihan went into the final only 2 points ahead of Charlie Hammond. There are only place points up for grabs in the closing race of the series, whereby Mr Liam Quinlan on Cool Mix, trained by Iain Jardine, took home the most for 1st place. 2nd Ross Turner and 3rd Harry Teal. This resulted in no one catching up with Sean who sat on 47 points overall.
Twenty Two year old Sean, who is conditional to Philip Hobbs, rode as an amateur then made the change to conditional in May 2017, he has 26 careers wins. Rodi Greene coaches Sean on the Jockey Coaching Programme.
Rodi Greene, BHA Jockey Coach said,
‘’Sean has done extremely well considering he had a slow start to the season but he worked hard on his fitness and riding technique, and has true belief in himself. The Hands and Heels series helps riders like him to improve, as it’s all about strength and technique and that is where he excels. I have no doubt that he will go all the way as he is hungry for success and perfection and has a fine attitude as well. Also this series is a nice feather in the cap for young riders that may not get lucky enough to be champion conditional and gives them something to aim at’.