Alex Dunn wins in Limerick for the ladies
A team of 5 British lady jockeys flew off to Ireland for the annual Anglo/Irish challenge at Limerick today thanks to the kind invitation of Russell Ferris, the team being Lucy Alexander, Lorna Brooke, Alex Dunn, Joanna Mason and Emma Sayer.
L to R: Russell Ferris of Limerick Racecourse with the victorious GB team: Lucy Alexander, Lorna Brooke, Pat Masterson of Newton Abbot Racecourse, winning jockey Alex Dunn and Emma Sayer
Sadly Joanna’s ride was a non-runner but nothing could take away from a thrilling race with Alex Dunn and Lorna Brooke leading the field over the final two hurdles. Mantell handled the deep ground well and the nine year old brought up a double for the John Joe Walsh yard by landing the Great Britain v Ireland Ladies Challenge Handicap Hurdle under Alex Dunn, who got the better of her compatriot Lorna Brooke on Brave Heart at the last with Mantell staying on well on the run-in to score by four and a half lengths. Lucy Alexander finished a further 6 lengths away in fourth, having been handy most of the way but Young Milly kept on one paced from three out, whilst Emma Sayer‘s ride on Tony’s Treasure weakened from 3 out and finished tailed off.
The return match at Newton Abbot next summer is now eagerly awaited. Well done team GB!