Henry Oliver gets very few outside rides but on his form for the Sue Smith yard where he is assistant trainer he certainly ought to. So although he is very much a trainer in the making we think he is still a jockey to keep on your side while he is still following a career in the saddle.
Oliver is now taking on a much more hands on role around the Smith yard as well as being part of the team of jockeys there and he is very much reaping the benefits of his hard work at the moment. You have to go back to the 2001-02 season for Oliver’s best season when he partnered 47 winners from 462 rides, but he’s never seen the likes of those figures again and his career looked to be in the doldrums between 2006-2010 when he rode 31 winners, something anyone following the most up to date horse racing betting will know.
This season though he has very much been on the comeback trail partnering 17 winners from 91 rides although amazingly he has actually ridden for two trainers Sue Smith and Robin Dickin, the latter is best known for providing Oliver with probably his highest profile ride in Restless Harry while the former provides the bread and butter rides.
Oliver is a strong rider and a good judge of pace and he certainly gets horses jumping for him as shown on some of the bold jumping front-running chasers that he has partnered from the Smith yard this year. Oliver is clearly more than capable when given the right ammunition and his 646-1 treble at Newcastle recently advertised his riding talent even more, especially on Douglas Julien who was the final leg of the treble. The horse was not exactly the most willing partner in the early stages but cajoled along by Oliver he eventually got into the race and in the end won easily by six-lengths, for a horse that doesn’t travel that well that was some achievement by Oliver especially under the new whip guidelines.
If Oliver ever does pick up any outside rides they would be worth noting down but for now he looks to have formed a strong bond with the Smith yard and that partnership is worth following for the rest of the season.