Double for Suzy at Plumpton’s Moorcroft meeting

LEWES trainer Suzy Smith seems set for an outstanding National Hunt season and had an impressive double at the Moorcroft Racehorse Welfare Day at Plumpton last week. She saddled Invicta Lake to win the SIS Supports Moorcroft Handicap Hurdle over three miles one furlong, ridden by Paddy Brennan.

Invettra Lake with jockey Paddy Brennan  trainer Suzy Smith (second from right) and connections. Photo: Jeannie Knight

Invicta Lake with jockey Paddy Brennan trainer Suzy Smith (second from right) and connections. Photo: Jeannie Knight

The horse was held up for most of the race, coming with a run between the last two hurdles, winning in style. “He tries so hard and this is the best he has ever been. He runs best fresh and likes the ground on the easy side of good. He will probably go chasing soon,” she said. The other leg of her double came when five-year-old mare Mariet won her first race at 13-2-the two mile five furlong handicap hurdle at the end of the day, ridden by Jack Sherwood.

Hampshire trainer Chris Gordon and jockey Tom Cannon have made a formidable start to their autumn jumps campaign and sprang another victory in the opening maiden hurdle race at Plumpton with former flat horse Jebril winning in fine style at 12-1.

Trainer Chris Gordon and jockey Tom Cannon receive awards for the NewSmith  supports Moorcroft Maiden Hurdle Race from Tim   chairman of Moorcroft Truiistees, and race sponsor. Photo: Jeannie Knight

Trainer Chris Gordon and jockey Tom Cannon receive awards for the NewSmith supports Moorcroft Maiden Hurdle Race from Tim Fox, chairman of Moorcroft Truistees, and race sponsor. Photo: Jeannie Knight

The slow pace caught out Warren Greatrex’s well-fancied Warrentor, while Prouts Pub,  a 5-1 shot trained by Nick Gifford at Findon put in a good performance to finish a close second. Third placed Anthony, sent out by Gary Moore caught the eye as one to follow in the future

.The Geoffrey Budd Partnership- a Petworth groundworks company- sponsored the Josh Gifford Memorial Handicap Steeplechase where another Hampshire trainer, Paul Henderson, sent out the winner, with Alright Benny scoring a good three-length win for the trainer’s Racing Club.

Trainer Paul Henderson receives his trophy from sponsors Geoffrey Budd Partnership and wives

Trainer Paul Henderson (centre right) receives his trophy from sponsors Geoffrey Budd Partnership and wives. Photo: Jeannie Knight

He said:” This horse impressed in his work on Saturday and I hoped he would run well here today. I’m really pleased with his victory and happy for the racing club owners.”  His horse beat the well fancied The Omen, trained by Tim Vaughan.

It was a real family affair when Nebula Storm won the Retirement Villages Novices’ Handicp Hurdle Race.  The seven-year-old is trained by Gary Moore, ridden out at home by Gary’s wife, Jayne, while he was booted home for an easy five length victory with son Jamie in the saddle.

Jayne and Gary Mooree with Nebula Photo: Jeannie Knight

Jayne and Gary Mooree with Nebula
Photo: Jeannie Knight

 

Gary said afterwards: ” It was a very bad race, but he battled on well and took the lead. He should win again and is well handicapped. He is a nice horse to deal with.” There was news of son Joshua, who has surgery on a long-standing shoulder injury and is expected to be back riding in races again soon.

The Gerald Karn-Smith Memorial Novice Limited Handicap Chase produced a clear winner in the Charlie Mann-trained Seventh Sky. Gavin Sheehan- who had celebrated a winning ride at the previous Plumpton meeting- was on board this horse, which oveturned David Bridgwater’s well-fancied Fergal Mael Duin ridden by Tom Scudamore.

 

Trainer Caroline Keevil ( second from right) with Po and jockey James Best  Photo: Jeannie Knight

Trainer Caroline Keevil ( second from right) with Po and jockey James Best Photo: Jeannie Knight

Dorset trainer Caroline Keevil had travelled from Somerset with Pod, which won the two mile one furlong handicap chase under 3lb claimer James Best at 16-1. The six-year-old gelding was scoring his first victory and the way he handled the jumps and the track suggests he should be out winning again soon. His trainer said: “He’s still a bit of a baby but has got his head in front and will improve with experience.”

Racing had started with the traditional Pony Race, which was won by Gemma Pallett (13) from Hertfordshire on board Galloping Goring. This young rider had won at the Horse of the Year show last week with her Section A pony and has qualified for Olympia.

Pony race winners: Gemma Pallett and Galloping Goring  Photo: Jeannie Knight

Pony race winners: Gemma Pallett and Galloping Goring Photo: Jeannie Knight

The next Plumpton meeting is on Monday November 3, with the first race at 12.50pm.

Moorcroft’s annual Plumpton Raceday is major success

Moorcroft Racehorse Welfare Centre is celebrating the enormous success of its 15th annual raceday at Plumpton yesterday, which raised one of its best totals, achieving more than £50,000 towards running costs of this outstanding retraining centre. This was reached with the help of two auctions, generous donations on the day and by race sponsorships.

Based at Huntingrove Stud in Slinfold, West Sussex, Moorcroft provides a temporary home for up to 28 horses and is one of the BHA’s accredited racehorse rehabilitation centres. The success of this raceday will enable it to continue its top class work of retraining and rehoming former racehorses.

Chairman Tim Fox with a painting of racehorse A Legacy of Love,  painted by equine artist Judy Goodman for last year's wiinner  Mrs Brenda Karn-Smith

Chairman Tim Fox with a painting of racehorse A Legacy of Love, painted by equine artist Judy Goodman for last year’s succesful bidder, Mrs Brenda Karn-Smith

Chairman Tim Fox told guests at the packed annual charity lunch and auction:”We have never had a better supply of items for auction than this year. We continue to achieve the best future we can for horses, which are retrained to the highest standard at Moorcroft by our manager, Mary Henley-Smith and her hard-working team of girls.

“We are now able to perform kissing spine operations on horses that are suitable. the four-hour operation can completely change their lives an this is a big innovation for us.”

He praised Mary Henley-Smith and her team for their unstinting contribution in making the charity such an outstanding success.

Auctioneer Mike Cattermole in action

Ten lots that went under the hammer were sold by auctioneer Mike Cattermole, a well known racing personality,  presenter and commentator, included a VIP trip for two to Dalham Hall Stud and VIP day at Newmarket (£800),  two Wimbledon Centre Court tickets (£2,200), portrait of your favourite horse or dog by well-known equestrian and equine artist Judy Goodman,(£1,600) Private box for 16 at Goodwood Racecourse (£2,600)  holiday for two in Spain with five days of rding at Hacienda Horses at Curtijo Uribe (£2,200) and a three night  stay in a private apartment at the Kildare Hotel Spa and Country Club in Kildare £1,500).

There was also a silent auction for 25 lots, which ranged from badges for Ladies Day at the Cheltenham Festival or a morning on the gallops for four people with Gary Moore and a chance to meet Sire De Grugy, a morning on the Findon gallops with Nick Gifford,  to a polo lesson or annual membership for two at Fontwell Park Racecourse for 2015.

For full information on the valuable work done to retrain and rehome ex racehorses at Moorcroft- a top class centre – see www.mrwc.org.uk

 

 

 

West Sussex rider qualifies for National Amateur second round

West Sussex showjumper Richard Baker has won the Dodson & Horrell 0.95cm National Amateur Second Round at Felbridge Showjumping Club. Richard (46), from Horsham partnered 12-year-old chestnut gelding Cajelgan’t, owned by Samantha Smith, to victory.

They took the top spot in the Dodson & Horrell 0.95cm National Amateur Second Round that took place recently at Felbridge Showjumping Club at the Felbridge Showground in East Grinstead, West Sussex.

Richard Baker and              on their way to winning at Felbridge

Richard Baker and on their way to winning at Felbridge

This 0.95cm second round was contested by thirty-nine combinations with each of the starters hoping to claim one of the twelve direct qualifying places on offer for the Dodson & Horrell National Amateur Championships, which take place at Aintree Equestrian Centre in Liverpool from November 19 – 23 November 2014.

Twenty-four made it through to the final jump off. With just the twelve qualification spots available, each competitor was focused on securing a double clear and eleven eventually achieved this. The remainder of the field then fought it out for that last place in the Championship Final.

Richard and Cajelgan’t were drawn midway through the field for the jump off, Richard had seen four double clears produced before him. Knowing that a quick double clear would put him into a strong position, Richard steered Cajelgan’t round the jump off course quickly and accurately to deliver a double clear in just 38.82 seconds, a time which was to give him nearly three seconds in hand over his nearest rival.

Second place went to 23 year-old Helena Gurdin from Dorking, Surrey on her own 13 year-old dark bay Ultimate Flying Dutchman. Helena and her ride were drawn last to go in the jump off and they used their draw wisely, producing a solid round to cross the finish line with a double clear in 41.66 seconds.

Sarah Burgess, 18, from Epsom, Surrey took third place with her own 8 year-old brown gelding Miracle Jack. This combination stopped the clock in 41.73 seconds to secure not only their place in the top three, but also a place in the Championship Final.

An additional nine combinations also went on to achieve their qualification for the Dodson & Horrell 0.95cm National Amateur Championship Final.

Dodson & Horrell 0.95cm National Amateur Second Round Results:1 Richard Baker & Cajelgan’t – 0/0 – 38.82 seconds; 2 Helena Gurdin & Ultimate Flying Dutchman – 0/0 – 41.66 seconds; 3, Sarah Burgess & Miracle Jack – 0/0 – 41.73 seconds; 4,Sam Holmes & Sea Breeze – 0/0 – 41.90 seconds; 5,Caroline Coleman & Jumping Jack VI – 0/0 – 42.43 seconds; 6, Caroline Xuereb & Hattie III – 0/0 – 42.61 seconds; 7, Charlotte McKee & Cassanova S – 0/0 – 43.26 seconds; 8, Michelle Hoad & Ursula VII – 0/0 – 44.53 seconds; 9, Sarah Hill & Kenmare Little Katey – 0/0 – 45.70 seconds; 10  Lauren Urquhart & Reethi Beach – 0/0 – 46.62 seconds; 11, Henrietta Godfrey & Check Mate III – 0/0 – 54.53 seconds; 12, Heidi Cousins & Flash Lappen – 0/4 – 37.53 seconds.

Competitive racing promised at Plumpton tomorrow

Competitive racing is guaranteed at Plumpton, tomorrow, Monday, when the Moorcroft Racehorse Welfare Centre will be celebrating its 15th annual fundraising raceday at the track.The feature races of the the Josh Gifford Memorial Trophy and the Gerald Karn-Smith Memorial Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase, have both attracted some good advance entries.

Competitive racin g promised at Plumpton tomorrow, Monday.

Competitive racin g promised at Plumpton tomorrow, Monday.

Among entries for the former are Riddleofthesands, trained by Nigel Twiston-Davies, with son Sam in the saddle, and this horse has a prep run under his belt. In-form trainer Tim Vaughan has again booked 7lb claimer Alan to ride The Omen – a winning combination last time out. Denmead trainer Michael Madgwick is hoping that Shantou Breeze will repeat his Plumpton victory at the end of last season with Marc Goldstein again in board.

Meanwhile the Gerald Karn-Smith Memorial Race looks a highly competitive affair with potential runners headed by double winner this season, Volcanic, trained by  Donald McCain and ridden by Jason Maguire. Charlie Lonsden has his horses in good form and has entered recent winner Azure Fly with Noel Fehily in the saddle. Auld Sthock ridden by Jamie Moore and trained by Gary Moore cannot be ignored.

There will be popular pony racing prior to racing proper, with some talented combinations taking part in the Shetland Grand National- again a significant charity fundraiser.

Winner of the pony race, Budd's Beauty ridden by Phoebe Anderson, wearing Harwood Racing club colours from Amanda Perrett's Coombeland Racing Stable

Winner of last year’s pony race, Budd’s Beauty ridden by Phoebe Anderson, wearing Harwood Racing club colours from Amanda Perrett’s Coombeland Racing Stable

 

The Moorcroft Charity Lunch and Auction is held in the exclusive Plumpton Pavilion Marquee overlooking the final fence, and is well supported by many prominent racing VIPs.

Racing proper starts at 2.30pm with a maiden hurdle and going at the track is currently good to soft. An exciting day of racing is promised with a chance to support a very deserving local  cause.

Trainer Lydia Richards has exciting prospects for season

WEST Sussex trainer Lydia Richards, who has an excellent success rate both over jumps and on the Flat , has made an outstanding start to the new jumps season. Based at Funtington, near Chichester, she sent out her flagship roan chaser, Venetian Lad, to finish third on his seasonal reappearance at Fontwell Park.

She swiftly followed up with an eyecatching 33-1 win when Aaly won a three mile three furlong handicap hurdle there the same day, both with Marc Goldstein in the saddle.

Lydia trains from premises set in 40 acres, which include two all-weather gallops, a grass gallop, indoor school, stables and associated facilities. She trains both over jumps and also on the level, where one of her best Flat horses, Double M scored 13 wins on the Flat and 21 places during his racing career, earning almost £45,000 in prize money.

Coming up the gallops:  Aaly in front (Emma Medlam), followed by Maigh Dara  ( head girl Toni Fogden) and at the back  ( Dominique Mouchlia)  Photo Copyright: Jeannie Knight

Coming up the gallops at Funtington: Aaly in front (Emma Medlam), followed by Maigh Dara (head girl Toni Fogden), and at the back ( Dominique Mouchlia) Photo Copyright: Jeannie Knight

She currently has 11 horses in training for both Flat and jumps, and also has a couple of brood mares, whose offspring feature strongly in her yard with great success. Demoiselle Bond, now six, is a chestnut mare, who was home-bred by Lydia, scoring three wins and several places on the Flat. She is now in foal to Foxwedge, by Fastnet Rock, a champion three-year-old Australian colt and sprinter now standing at Whitsbury Manor Stud in Hampshire, and is expect to produce a foal that will be an exciting racing prospect

Lydia’s eye-catching Fontwell winner, Aaly , a seven -year-old Milan gelding, has been with her since yearling,  and had won two point to points before running under Rules. He has plenty more to offer, having built on previous places over hurdles. His full sister, Leyla’s Gift,  is now five and is another to follow, having had three preparatory runs in National Hunt races.

Aaly with his work rider  Dominique Mouchlian Photo Jeannie Knight

33-1 winner Aaly with his work rider Emma Medlam
Photo Copyright: Jeannie Knight

Venetian Lad , nine years old,  is a firm favourite both with local racegoers and his owners’ partnership group. He retains all his ability and enthusiasm and has earned almost £30,000 in prize money for his owners, with plenty more to come.

Following the sad death of a partnership member, the rare opportunity to acquire two shares in him is on available and now is the time to snap up rewarding ownership with this striking roan.

Trainer Lydia Richards talking to owner on the gallops  Photo: Jeannie Knight

Trainer Lydia Richards talking to owner on the gallops Photo: Jeannie Knight

There is another youngster  in the pipeline, set to become a partnership horse, who really caught the eye on a recent visit to her stables. During an open morning for her owners, this unnamed two-year-old bay gelding by Avonbridge, out of Baytown Flyer impressed.

His dam won nine times on the flat and was placed nine times.  In addition,  his sire, Avonbridge, won three Group races, including the Group One Prix de l’Abbaye in his racing career which spanned 2002-2005.  In his final year, Avonbridge was named European Champion Sprinter at the Cartier Racing Awards.

Promising two-year-old by Avonbridge Photo Copyright: Jeannie Knight

Promising two-year-old by Avonbridge
Photo Copyright: Jeannie Knight

Other horses being brought on include Maigh Dara, a five-year-old by Cecique, who won his second bumper race in Ireland  a year ago before joining Lydia. He will run in another bumper race very soon. Hongkong Joe, a four-year-old by Oasis Dream is due to have his first run shortly.

Returning from the gallops: Aaly ( (Emma Medlam), with Maigh Dara rear left ( head girl Toni Fogden) and Hong Kong Joe rear right ( Dominique Mouchlia) Phoo Copyright Jeannnie Knight

Returning from the gallops: Aaly ( (Emma Medlam), with Maigh Dara rear left ( head girl Toni Fogden) and Hong Kong Joe rear right ( Dominique Mouchlia)
Phoo Copyright Jeannnie Knight

The partnership horses ( Venetian Lad and the Avonbridge gelding) offer affordable racing  and plenty of  potential reward. They are run with 10 per cent shares available and monthly training costs including all racing expenses, jockey fees and travel. Contact Lydia if you are interested, on 07803 199061, while they are still available.

George Gorman starts career as conditional jockey

STARTING out on a career in horse racing as a conditional jockey is
George Gorman (19), who is attached to trainer Gary Moore’s Cisswood
Stables at Horsham, where he has been riding out regularly.

He made his debut at Fontwell Park recently when he teamed up with local
favourite Fruity O’ Rooney, owned by Heart of the South Racing in the Fullers
London Pride Handicap Steeplechase. The horse, though unplaced over the
shorter trip than his optimum, will come on for the run, where he jumped
well throughout for his young rider.

New conditional jockey George Gorman Photo: Jeannie Knight

George Gorman has all the credentials for a successful career over
jumps. He has come through the ranks of point to pointing, with some
notable successes, including wins with She’s A Cracker, trained by his
mother Carolyn- and has two wins as an amateur to his credit Under
Rules.

George Gorman on board Fruity O'Rooney at Fontwell Photo: Jeannie Knight

George Gorman on board Fruity O’Rooney at Fontwell
Photo: Jeannie Knight

His father Marcus is a successful point to point rider and George
comes from a family with a strong pedigree in racing.His grandfather
was the late Tony Grantham, the first Royal jockey,who had started out
competing in point-point races and rode Under Rules-and was so successful
that stewards of the day insisted he should turn professional.

Appropriately, Tony rode Monaveen in the Royal colours at Fontwell Park on
Monday October 10 1949 to victory watched by a young Princess Elizabeth.
George’s uncle, Tom Grantham, was also a jockey, and rode his first winner
Peyton Pearl at Plumpton, going on later to being assistant trainer to Roger
Charlton for a number of years.

George spent some time riding out in France, to widen his experience, earlier
this year and should go on to do well as a conditional jockey.

Lingfield Park Racecourse in line for top award

A record-breaking crowd on an historic day’s racing has catapulted Lingfield Park Racecourse into the finals of a national competition. The Surrey racecourse has beaten off rivals from a record number of entries to be among the top five in the Events category of the 2014 Showcase Awards run by the Racecourse Association (RCA), for its All-Weather Championships Finals on Good Friday.

Last year, judges praised Lingfield Park for its innovation as it awarded it top prize in the same category for its annual Shire Horse race.

The Showcase Awards, now in their fifth year, celebrate excellence and innovation in the raceday experience and see five finalists in each of the seven categories; All About the Horse, Best Campaign, Corporate Social Responsibility, Events, Food & Beverage, Operational Excellence and Owners’ Experience, decided by an independent judging panel.

The field on the bend in the 32 Red Casino All-Weather Marathon Championships Condition Stakes at Lingfield Photo:Copyright Cranhamphoto.com

The field on the bend in the 32 Red Casino All-Weather Marathon Championships Condition Stakes at Lingfield Photo:Copyright Cranhamphoto.com

Arena Racing Company (ARC) Lingfield Park’s parent company and its sister courses, Brighton, Fontwell, Windsor and Doncaster, have all been shortlisted to win an award at the ceremony at Haydock Park, on November 13.

Andrew Perkins, Executive Director of Lingfield Park Resort, was thrilled with the news. He said: “This is a great testimony to all of the hard work that went in to the All-Weather Championship Finals Day at Lingfield earlier this year.

“We made history by being the first racecourse to operate on Good Friday – traditionally a spare day in the racing calendar – and proved there was a real appetite for it by having to shut our gates after the second race when our numbers swelled to capacity.

“It really was a remarkable day for all concerned – both those within the industry and for our loyal customers who turned out in their droves to have a fantastic day out.”

As well as seven thrilling races on Good Friday – offering a massive £1 million in prize money to the winning owners and trainers – visitors were met by a 21-piece marching band, a bugler starting every race and an array of entertainment to keep all the family happy.

One major change for the day was constructing a special Winner’s Enclosure in front of the main Grandstand – allowing thousands of spectators the opportunity to view the presentation to the winning connections, and the weighing-in of the winning jockey.

In announcing the finalists for the 2014 Awards, the RCA said  it had attracted a record number of 74 entries from 40 racecourses in its fifth year.

“We have been delighted with the entries received for the Showcase Awards this year, both in terms of quality and quantity,” commented RCA Racecourse Services Director Caroline Davies. “The breadth and depth of quality across the racecourses has been fantastic and the judges certainly have a difficult job in deciding their winners and, of course, the overall Showcase Champion.”

Broken Arrow and Heather have qualified for Olympia

BROKEN Arrow, the most outstanding traditional skewbald cob in the country, is still going strong at the grand age of 16 and has qualified for Olympia this year.

Produced and shown by Heather Linfield from her base near Rowlands Castle, this remarkable gelding has achieved yet another impressive season this year, scooping a remarkable array of top championships, both at County Shows and other events. The season has culminated in him qualifying for the Grand Final Championship for home produced senior ponies and horses at Olympia.

Broken Arrow with Heather Linfield following one of his championship wins

Broken Arrow with Heather Linfield following one of his championship wins

Heather bought Broken Arrow when he was just eight months old and he has gone on to reward her shrewd judgement by consistently achieving notable victories. These have been both under saddle and in hand since she started on the show circuit with him as a youngster.This year has been no exception and Heather has continued to combine a full showing season with her job of 33 years with SSE Energy company, where she is income offices manager.

She said: “A major highlight of this year was at the British Show Pony Association’s World Of Colour Championships at Houghton Hall in Bedfordshire, where he was awarded a Merit of Honour for being  so successful over the years. I felt extremely honoured that this special presentation was made to him.
“At that show, after such a magnificent award, I retired him from coloured horse showing. He has won a phenomenal amount but still has a lot to offer and I will continue showing him next year, but only in veteran and senior showing classes, where I am sure he will continue to do well. The week before the Merit of Honour Award,  I was thrilled when he was named as Champion Traditional Horse at the CHAPS Championships in the Performance Awards.

Broken Arrow: Photo by Pam Clingan FTCPhotography, FredTheCat.co.uk

Broken Arrow: Photo by Pam Clingan   FTCPhotography, FredTheCat.co.uk

“We were very lucky to take part in the London Riding Horse Parade held on Rotten Row,  when Arrow was Champion Coloured Horse and my nephew Pete Linfield, who is an apprentice farrier, received top marks for Arrow’s shoes.We have done a few other things too in the last 12 months, including barrel racing and agility courses, and some low level dressage, all of which have been great fun.”

Heather’s plan for this season had been to do a few senior showing classes and hopefully try and get to Olympia, where she has been simply a spectator for many years at what is the best show of the year. Her dreams came true when Arrow  qualified for the Olympia finals in the In Hand section, where he will be one of 28 finalists. They will be travelling up the previous day, ready for his class in the main arena on Friday December 19 at 10am.
She said: “Even the drive through London will be exciting, though a little daunting. If my father Peter, who died this year at the age of 84, was still alive, he would be over the moon. It really is a dream success and he would have been very proud of Arrow. I am lucky that I have a good family and friends that help, in particular Jackie Brown, who spends her life scrubbing Arrow clean, and my mother Ginnette, who sorts out all the washing when we come back from these shows.”

Broken Arrow being shown by Heather Photo byu Pam Clingan, FTC Photography.co.uk FredTheCat.co.uk

Broken Arrow being shown by Heather :Photo by Pam Clingan,, FTC Photography.co.uk, FredTheCat.co.uk

Over the years Arrow has acquired quite a fan club among spectators and competitors alike and Heather said: ”  He truly is a horse of a lifetime.”

Outside showing Heather finds time to help run Manhood Riding Club, which has had some extremely successful shows, and net year she hopes to do a lot more judging. At the moment she is on the panel of the Traditional Gypsy Cob Association and the Donkey Breeding Society and next year she hopes to qualify for the CHAPS and BSPA panels.

 

Continued success for young endurance rider

UP and coming young endurance rider Katie Bedwin of Rudgwick, West Sussex, travelled to Wales recently to compete in the prestigious Red Dragon endurance ride, where Katie was the only junior rider in a strong field of senior competitors.

After 120 kms over two days, Katie and her outstanding endurance horse Elayla, finished in second place. Many horses went out of the event because of lameness and a large number of riders did not even start because of weather conditions.

Katie Bedwin and her successful endurance horse, Elayla Photo Copyright  Jeannie Knight, www.jeanniesequestrianworld.co.uk

Katie Bedwin and her successful endurance horse, Elayla
Photo Copyright Jeannie Knight, www.jeanniesequestrianworld.co.uk

This excellent result completed an amazing 2014 season for Katie and Elayla. A student at Farlington School, Horsham, Katie had earlier made headlines in August, as a member of the English team, when she finished second on her horse Elayla  in the two-day Home International Endurance Ride in the Scottish Borders. She was the only Junior rider competing in the 160km event.
Also, Katie has been recognised for her sporting achievements recently when she won an award at the Set4Success Awards Ceremony at South Lodge Hotel in Horsham. Katie (16) received the award from Commonwealth hockey silver medallist, Lucy Wood, for her achievements in horse riding. She found it inspirational to hear from high profile sports people at the event. Set4Success aims to support young talented sportspeople from the Horsham District to achieve their potential by awarding funding.  Katie plans to spend her monetary award on training, competition entry, travel and stabling costs next season.

Katie and  Photo Copyright Jeannie Knight

Katie and Elayla at home
Photo Copyright Jeannie Knight

She started endurance riding at the age of eight, following in her mother’s and grandmother’s footsteps, moving up the ranks. Last year she was selected for the Under-21 Great Britain Endurance Squad and won her first International 80km competition.  As part of the Under-21 Great Britain team, she is hoping to represent her country at the European and World Equestrian Games  but first she wanst to become the Number 1 U21’s Endurance Rider in the UK. She also helps Junior riders get involved with the sport and supports them as a member of the Endurance Young Riders Committee.

Sara Whittaker, director of P.E. and Sport at Farlington School, said, “We are very proud of Katie’s achievements. She is very passionate about her sport and throws herself into everything she does. She is a great all-rounder and a credit to Farlington.”

Hannon and Hughes retain champion titles at Goodwood

A treble for jockey Richard Hughes and a double for trainer Richard Hannon Junior clinched them the Goodwood Champion Jockey and Trainer awards at yesterdays final meeting of the season at the Sussex track.

The jockey opened his account in the first race- on board Hughie Morrison’s  9- 2 , favourite Aiyana in the Alderbrook Stakes Handical race for professional National Hunt jockeys- for which Hughes qualified to ride because he holds a jump jockey’s licence as well as a flat licence.

His victory’s also significantly reduced the gap between himself and jockey Ryan Moore for the Champion Jockey title, with Moore coming away from Goodwood empty-handed and the two riders level on 151 victories.

They were to have continued battling it out at Salisbury today, where Moore had four rides booked and  seven at  Leicester tomorrow.  But with Salisbury abandoned,  Moore has been left without a ride there while Hughes has switched to Windsor picking up three rides there- though non runners continue to mount  because of rain.

Meanhile Hughes is going all out for the title with six booked rides at Leicester tomorrow plus four at Wolverhampton in the evening.

Jockey Richard Hughes Photo: John Simpson

Jockey Richard Hughes
Photo: John Simpson

His remaining Goodwood wins came on  board Shadow Rock (5-1) and Yaakhooum (6-1), both trained by his brother-in-law and earning Richard Hannon Goodwood’s Dick Hern Trophy for Champion Trainer.

For Pulborough-based trainer Luke Dace, his consistent gelding My Lord, gained his sixth win on the Flat, adding to two victories over jumps, when partnered by amateur rider Joe Doe. He won comfortably at the rewarding price of 20-1, giving the small Susssex yard plenty to celebrate.

Pulborough trainer  Luke Dace

Pulborough trainer Luke Dace

And Somerset trainer Johnny Farrelly, in only his second season of training, scored a good victory in the final one mile handicap  when 11-1 shot War Singer with Stevie Donohue on board gained his second win on the level  for the handler. He came to Farrelly earlier in the year from David Pipe’s yard.

In the Sistema Handicap, Adam Kirby and trainer Clive Cox teamed up for another long-priced winner when 16-1 shot Desert Ace won by a length from John Gallagher’s Ladweb.