Philip Hobbs Form and Entries
Philip Hobbs
  • Richard Johnson and Tom O’Brien
  • Philip and Richard Johnson
  • Michael Nolan – Conditional Jockey
  • Tom Cheesman – Conditional Jockey
  • Ciaran Gethings - Amateur Jockey
  • Conor Smith - Amateur Jockey


Richard Johnson
Richard Johnson has been first Jockey at Sandhill for the past 16 years and last season was crowned Champion Jockey for the first time, which is duly deserved after being runner up to AP McCoy for the past 16 times. He is a massive asset to the yard and has ridden over 3,000 winners during his career. He regularly comes to the yard to school the horses during the season.


Tom O’Brien
Tom O’ Brien is another leading jockey which we are lucky enough to have attached to the yard. Tom has always been involved in racing from an early age with his family as his uncle is Aiden O’Brien. He joined us in 2004 as a stable lad from there he rode point-to-pointing and went on to riding as a Conditional for the yard. He won the Conditional Jockey Championship in 2006 and broke the record of winners in a season totalling 107. Tom’s biggest achievements would be winning the Welsh Grand National aboard Dream Alliance and finishing 2nd in the Grand National on McKelvey.  Tom rides out regularly at the yard during the season.

James Best
James joined our yard in 2007 and after having numerous point-to-point winners he took out his Conditional license. He has ridden plenty of winners and his biggest achievements for the yard are winning on Lamb or Cod and Ballygarvey.


Michael Nolan
Michael came to Sandhill in 2010 and has since won the Novice Point-to Point Championship. He took out his Conditional license in 2012 and ridden numerous winners on the track.


Tom Cheesman – Conditional Jockey
Tom joined the team in 2008. Tom has several of point-to-point winners and has had a winner on the track. He is a very capable amateur and has had several rides for the yard. Tom can ride at light weights which is a great help.


Ciaran Gethings – Conditional Jockey
Ciaran joined the yard in 2011 from Ireland. He is a very capable novice point-to-point rider and recently made his debut on the track.


Conor Smith – Conditional Jockey
Conor joined us in 2012 from Richard Barber’s yard where he was Champion Novice Point-to-Point rider in 2012. He is from Northern Ireland and has ridden several point to point winners.