It was hardly a surprise when David Egan set his heart on being a jockey. He has been surrounded by racing from day one.
His father, John, has ridden more than 1,000 winners and is still going strong at the age of 52. Sandra Hughes, his mother trained the Irish Grand National winner Thunder And Roses.
David’s uncle is the former champion jockey-turned-trainer Richard Hughes. His grandfather was the late Dessie Hughes, rider of Monksfield and the trainer of dual Champion Hurdle winner Hardy Eustace.
Brought up around horses on The Curragh, Egan has lived in Newmarket since he left school.
He was champion apprentice in 2017 and is getting plenty of opportunities for leading Newmarket trainer Roger Varian, including when third on Qabala in the QIPCO 1000 Guineas.
David Egan also won the 2019 Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot aboard Daahyeh for Varian. The 21-year-old has ridden 270 winners in Britain, with plenty more still ahead of him.
David Egan was appointed first jockey to owner Prince Faisal in 2020 and that link earned him a spectacular dividend in February 2021 when he won the $20 million Saudi Cup – the world’s richest race – on Mishriff in the Prince’s silks. The high profile earnings didn’t stop there as he followed up aboard the same horse in the Dubai Sheema Classic at the Dubai World Cup just six weeks later.