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Last Updated: Thursday, 21 October, 2004, 11:31 GMT 12:31 UK
Tony Dobbin
Tony Dobbin
Born: 1 May 1972
Place of birth: Co Down
Height/weight: 5ft 7"/10st
First winner: 1990
Big-race wins: Grand National, Hennessy Gold Cup
2003-04 winners: 89
2002-03 winners: 109
2001-02 winners: 109
Dobbin plies his trade at the less-heralded northern tracks and does not always get the plaudits his riding skills deserve.

Even his finest hour, the 1997 Grand National win on Lord Gyllene was overshadowed by the bomb scare which forced the race to be postponed for 48 hours.

The Northern Irish rider began his apprenticeship under the guidance of Jonjo O'Neill in 1988 and also worked under Gordon Richards.

His first big win came in the 1994 Hennessy Gold Cup on One Man before a victory on his first outing at the Cheltenham Festival when Dizzy won the County Hurdle.

O'Neill's move down south led to Dobbin striking up a successful association with Len Lungo, and the jockey passed the 100-winner mark for the first time in his career in 2002.




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