A TEENAGE jockey from Malvern has tasted success at the world-famous Aintree Racecourse.

William Pearman celebrated the most notable success of his career at the home of the Grand National on Sunday after steering Mysterious Lady to victory in the final of the Dragon TV and Film Studios Pony Racing Authority Racecourse Series.

The 15-year-old from Malvern showed no signs of nerves on the biggest stage of them all after coming up with the goods aboard Mysterious Lady in the final of the 138cm-and-under division of the competition.

Sitting mid-pack through the early stages of the six-furlong race, Pearman struck the front just outside the final furlong before going on to taste victory by two lengths from Wee Antony. 

After the race, Pearman said: "I wasn’t expecting the win as I wasn’t really sure about the ground for her as it was quite wet. 

"It didn’t quite go to plan as I got a bad start. I wanted to stay near the rail early on, but instead I went in the middle of my rivals. When I saw the gap open in front of me I decided to go for it. 

"I’m very happy with the result in what is my second season pony racing and first doing the racecourse series."

Although Pearman currently combines his studies at the Bridge School Malvern with riding out for Tern Hill-based trainer David Loughnane, he admits he has ambitions of becoming a jockey full-time once his education is finished. 

He added: "I am still studying at the moment, but the dream is to be a Flat jockey and hopefully that will happen one day.

"Dave (Loughnane) has helped me a lot since I started riding out for him last year in telling me the sort of things I should be doing, although he makes sure I keep my feet on the ground."