A YOUNG jockey tipped to be a champion of the future is the star attraction on the day Redcar celebrates the life of a classic-winning rider of the past.

The seaside track’s meeting tomorrow (Tuesday) features a race named in honour of Edward Hide, who has died aged 86.

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And it is 17-year-old star apprentice Billy Loughnane who catches the eye with three rides for Newmarket trainer George Boughey.

North Yorkshire-based Hide (pictured below) rode 193 winners at Redcar in a glittering career that also included six English classics – the highlight being the 1973 Epsom Derby, on Morston.

Loughnane, who looks to have an unassailable lead in the 2023 apprentice jockeys’ championship, is at the start of what promises to be a successful career, and he partners Salvuccio in the second race on the card – The Celebrating The Life of Edward Hide Restricted Novice Stakes.

The Dutch Art colt has run creditably in his two runs so far, improving on his first outing to finish second at Bath last time. Fellow Newmarket raider, Townsend Manor, trained by Kevin Philippart De Foy, looks the main danger after a promising second at Ripon last time.

Loughnane teams up with Forceful Speed, a winner at Pontefract last time, in the Market Cross Jewellers Handicap, and he may follow up at the expense of recent Redcar scorer, Ron O, trained at Sedgefield by Ray Craggs.

Crow’s Nest provides Loughnane’s third ride in the Racing TV Profits Returned To Racing Handicap. The gelding ran a stinker to be last of nine at Brighton last time but had been consistent in four runs before that, winning back-to-back races at Hamilton and Bath, and being placed in the other two.

Michael Dods’ runs course and distance winner, Sparkling Red, and she showed signs of a return to form when fourth of 11 at Carlisle last time.

Dods looks to have a solid chance of giving stable apprentice Rhys Elliott the first win of his fledgling career with Fifty Sent in the opening Selwyn Hedgley Apprentice Handicap. The gelding was going well when favourite at Ayr last time before clipping the heels of another horse and unseating Connor Beasley. He can make amends here and give young Rhys a day to remember.

Dods, who trains at Denton, near Darlington, also has the progressive Emeralds Pride going for a hat-trick in the Racing TV Club Day Handicap. The filly has won her last two races at Ayr and Beverley and can continue the momentum, with Beasley riding.

Horses trained by William Haggas are always to be feared when they travel from Newmarket to Redcar, and Cieren Fallon comes up for the single ride on newcomer, Plink, in the penultimate Every Race Live On Racing TV Novice Stakes. The son of Zoustar is likely to be short odds to open his account at the first time of asking.

Another Newmarket raider, Merrijig, trained by John Berry and ridden by Ben Curtis, looks to be the answer to the finale, the Watch Replays On racingtv.com Handicap. The gelding was three lengths clear two out at Carlisle last time, only to be caught close home, and beaten a neck. He can go one better this time.