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!
Many thanks to Jacqueline Coward and to Pip Tutty for taking on the role of organising the AJA Dance in the North
They chose York Racecourse to host the party which saw over 160 member support them and a good time was had by all.
Oliver Greenall received his cup from AJA Vice President Dr Philip Pritchard for his NH Championship of 2009/10.
Other champions are:
Lady NH Jockey Champion 2009/10: Isabel Tompset
All-Weather Jockey Champion 2009/10 : Serena Brotherton
Flat Gentleman Champion 2010: Simon Walker
Flat Lady Champion 2010: Serena Brotherton
Huge thanks to Pip and to Jacqueline for all of their hard work in putting on such a good evening, dancing to the Zooms, resulting in a healthy profit which will help to fund amateur races next season.
The AJA organised a charity race today at Towcester in support of the Injured Jockeys Fund with 6 runners and riders. (pictured above L to R: David Weston, Natasha Eddery, Kimberley Drake, Jane Clarke, Serena Frost and Peter Johnson)
Many congratulations to Natasha Eddery on her winning ride when making her debut racecourse appearance. Congratulations and thanks also to all the other riders on a great race and for their great support as well the Towcester officials, and especially Clerk of the Course Robert Bellamy, for making this race possible.