Talking Horses: Connor Brace is latest promising jump jockey from Wales

The 17-year-old looked skilful and confident as he steered Verdana Blue to an easy success at Ayr on Saturday

We will hear more from Connor Brace, picked by Nicky Henderson to claim 7lb off Verdana Blue in Saturday’s Scottish Champion Hurdle, which the pair won handsomely. The way that she bolted up suggests that an awful lot of other jockeys could have won on her, but it was interesting that Henderson was prepared to trust a 17-year-old rookie with such a mission and I thought Brace handled it extremely well, for someone who got his conditionals’ licence in September.

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