The late Peter Monteith put a lot of faith in the raw talent of Ryan Mania.
The Rosewell trainer entrusted the young Scot with plenty of important rides as a conditional jockey and perhaps it was no coincidence that soon after Peter died, Ryan opted to relinquish his own licence and become “whipper in” with the Fife, writes John Budden. Happily for jump racing his absence from the saddle was short-lived and since returning to action last season his reputation as one of the most positive riders on the Scottish and Northern circuits has risen steadily and since his skills have been recognised by Sue and Harvey Smith there has been no stopping Ryan. Last week Mania rode two more winners for the Smiths, with Great Fella springing a surprise 25/1 success at Sedgefield and Tahiti Pearl gaining a stylish win at Newcastle. Those victories were followed by a third win at Wetherby on Sun Cloud for Malcolm Jefferson on Saturday and come Friday week local racegoers will be doing themselves a favour by noting Ryan’s booked rides at the East Lothian venue.
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