Sussex jockey Harry Bentley on life as Goodwood Racecourse’s 2014 ambassador

PUBLISHED: 15:38 26 August 2014 | UPDATED: 15:38 26 August 2014

Harry Bentley

Harry Bentley


Harry Bentley’s alarm goes off at 5am most mornings, he can’t go on holiday and he’s not often home before dark – but he says that he wouldn’t swap his life as a jockey for anything. And now he’s Goodwood Racecourse’s 2014 ambassador.

Harry grew up near Storrington and attended Dorset House and Eastbourne College schools, but from an early age he was hooked on horses. “I first sat on a horse when I was three when my parents bought a pony for me and my brother. I then joined the Crawley and Horsham Pony Club when I was five and I started hunting with my parents around that age too,” he says.

In terms of career highlights Harry is quick to name the six winners he rode during one evening meeting in Qatar in January this year.

Back on home turf he’s delighted to be representing Goodwood: “Glorious Goodwood in particular is one of my favourite racing festivals during the flat season in the UK and I am really looking forward to working with and representing the racecourse.” Glorious Goodwood ran from 29 July – 2 August and included the ladies’ charity race on 31 July. All proceeds from the latter are split between The Reading Agency ( and Best Beginnings (

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