Brendan Proud to Be Daddy's Boy; Powell Jnr Takes Reins to Carry on the Family Tradition

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Byline: Jonathan Powell

THE name of Brendan Powell will be back in the frame at Lingfield on Friday after an absence of 11 years. But the story is not one of an improbable comeback at the age of 50 by the jockey whose 700 winners included a famous victory on Rhyme 'N' Reason in the Grand National after they all but fell at Becher's Brook.

Now it is the turn of his 16-year-old son to carry on the family tradition in the saddle.

Brendan Jnr will be having his first ride as an amateur in this country this Friday on Lingfield course specialist Edgeworth, trained by Powell Snr. But do not imagine this is a nervous youngster unprepared for the battles ahead.

For the past two summers, Brendan Jnr has been learning his trade in the white-hot heat of Irish pony racing competition, yielding 14 winners from 200 rides and a host of bumps and bruises.

His father says: 'There is no better place to learn. It is where people like Adrian Maguire, Jamie Spencer and Paul Townend all started.

'Watching is not for the fainthearted as 20 runners charge round a three-and-a-half furlong field at a million miles an hour. You need to be sharp to survive because you never hear of anyone being banned in pony races. There was eight years between my first ride at 14 and my first winner. …