About Jason Hart
20-year-old Jason Hart is definitely a young rider worth following and could well make the successful transition from star apprentice to fully fledged professional jockey, something many fail to achieve.
Born in the Scottish border town of Hawick in 1994, Hart began his love affair with horses and racing when riding ponies as a young boy before progressing to compete on the local pony circuit in the north of England and south of Scotland. After leaving school at 16 Hart got a job with the powerful Middleham yard of Mark Johnston, a first class stables in which to lay the foundations of his career, beginning as a stable lad and soon getting opportunities to ride work.
The youngster was quickly noted a as talented horsemen and registered as an apprentice rider, having his first mounts in the 2011 season and riding his first winner at Ripon before following up with another success at Musselburgh the day after. He ended his first campaign with seven winners from 80 rides, and the following year – after moving to join the yard of Declan Carroll – he booted home 18 winners at an overall level stakes profit of $59 to a $1 stake.
Things really cranked up a gear in 2013 as the winners started to flow with Hart’s service being in demand from a host of different stables. As well as riding six winners for Carroll, the young Scot struck up a particularly good relationship with veteran handler Eric Alston, the Lancashire-based group 1 –winning trainer who knows a good horse when he sees one and clearly can recognise an up-and-coming jockey who is still able to claim an allowance. Amongst other yards to offer plenty of support to Hart were fellow Scot and former Mark Johnston stable jockey Keith Dalgleish, as well as Tim and Mark Walford, Richard Guest, Ruth Carr, and Robin Bastiman.
Hart took the lead in the race for the 2013 Champion Apprentice Jockey title by mid-summer and despite a determined effort from Thomas Brown managed to seal the title with four winners in the last week of the season, in the process passing the half-century as he clocked up a total of 51 winners for the term. At an overall stroke rate of 13% – very respectable for an apprentice riding mainly in handicaps – Hart again showed a level stakes profit for the season of $16.
Already in 2014 Jason Hart has continued where he left off the previous campaign. By mid-May he had partnered 16 winners, once again at an overall level stakes profit of more $28, and won’t be long in losing his 3lb allowance after which the real acid test will come when he rides against experienced professionals on level terms.
A good judge of pace and already looking strong and accomplished in a finish, Hart’s star should continue in the ascendant and it would not surprise if one of the bigger yards approaches him before too long with a full contract.
Hart enjoyed a remarkable 64% strike-rate for the recently retired Tim Walford, but has also posted respectable figures with Keith Dalgleish (23%), Mark Walford (22%), and Eric Alston 17%. He has a 25% winning strike rate at Leicester, 24% at Carlisle, 22% at Nottingham, and 19% at Doncaster, tracks where it clearly pays to have Jason Hart on your side .
-  racingpost.com, Jason Hart Record and Stats, 2015