WOLVERHAMPTON PROVIDES MEMORABLE DAY FOR PHILIP PRINCE AND MICHAEL OWEN!
On only his second appearance on the racecourse, 17 year old PHILIP PRINCE, who fought a year-long battle with the BHA to be granted his jockey’s amateur licence, enjoyed his first winner when partnering MISS FIREFLY to victory in the first division of the 6f amateur riders’ handicap at Wolverhampton.
Philip, who was born without his left ear, was denied an amateur licence by the BHA on medical grounds but with the support of PJA’s CEO Kevin Darley he succeeded in having the decision overturned. Philip said “That’s a fantastic thrill. Kevin was fantastic in helping me get my licence. I had 30 winners from 60 rides in 3 years on the pony circuit and have worked for Paul Nicholls and Ron Hodges, and am now attached to Mick Channon’s yard.”
The second division of the handicap saw a first win on his debut ride for event rider MICHAEL OWEN on Frank Sheridan’s ALBERO DI GIUDA. Michael has regularly ridden around Burghley and Badminton but with racing in his blood, he has always wanted to ride under Rules and had a dream start to his riding career today.
Many congratulations to both Philip and Michael on such a memorable day.