Young New Zealand rider James Avery is to take up a position as Tiny Clapham’s (pictured) stable jockey for the 2014 season.

He succeeds the late Tom Gadsby, who suffered a fatal rotational fall at Somerford Park last season.

James, who is 21, has spent a year in the UK based with Kiwis Tim Price and Jonelle Richards at their yard near Marlborough, Wilts.

He will move to Tiny’s Cambridgeshire base in the next couple of weeks.

“I feel privileged to have had the opportunity to have worked with Tom,” Tiny told H&H.

“But this is a new year with a new start and I look forward to welcoming James to the team.”

This story first appeared in H&H in the 16 January 2014 issue.