Ben Laughton, a former promising schoolboy cricketer and rugby player, joined Kentuckiana Lodge eight months ago.

He’s been granted a trials driver licence and will ultimately attempt to try and emulate his father, who won around 50 races as a jumps jockey.

Ben, during his time at St Thomas College, was a member of the touring Willows youth touring team who visited Sri Lanka and Malaysia in 2012.

He is a welcome addition to the team at Kentuckiana Lodge, with trainer Cran Dalgety having a successful record of developing top young reinsmen.