It was a great week for the amateurs, and especially for the ladies with 3 lady jockeys winning on Monday: Claire Allen (Stratford Hunterchase); Lucy Horner (Taunton) and Zoe Lilly (Plumpton). 

Cheltenham’s first day on Tuesday saw Nina Carberry win the Cross Country on Garde Champetre for Enda Bolger (pictured below) whilst Nathan Moscrop won the Hunterchase at Sedgefield. 

Wednesday’s Huntingdon card saw the 2nd of Home-Tek’s ladies hurdle series won by Georgina Andrews. At Cheltenham, our biggest amateur races of the season were as spectacular as ever with Sam Waley-Cohen winning the newly scheduled first race of Wednesday, the National Hunt Chase, on the Million in Mind’s Tricky Trickster for Nigel Twiston Davies (pictured below).  

The final race of the day, Weatherbys Champion Bumper, was won by Brian O’Connell on Philip Fenton’s Dunguib (pictured below).

Will Biddick rode the biggest win of his career against professionals for Venetia Williams on Thursday with Something Wells (pictured below) winning the Freddie Williams Festival Plate.

 The Kim Muir was won by Jamie Codd on Character Building for John Quinn (pictured below).  

Oliver Greenall, currently in leading position in the Gentlemen’s Amateur NH Championship for this season, was very unfortunate in fracturing ribs, puncturing a lung and bruising his spleen in the Pertemps Final when his horse Heathcliffe hung badly coming into the straight and unshipped him.  He is now home following a spell in hospital and we all wish him a speedy recovery and look forward to seeing him back in the saddle.

Friday’s Christie’s Foxhunters was won by Richard Burton on Cappa Bleu for Sheila Crow (pictured below).  Meanwhile at Fakenham Georgina Andrews rode her second win of the week in the Hunterchase. 

And finally on Saturday, Lucy Horner enjoyed her second win of the week at Wetherby for Chris Grant, extending her lead in this season’s NH Ladies Championship and Edward Glassonbury enjoyed winning the last race of the day there and his first winner under Rules, the pro-am bumper.

What a week! Very many congratulations to all winning amateur jockeys!!

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