DREAM START TO NEW YEAR FOR AMATEURS
Well done to Lizzie Kelly and Will Biddick who won the first two races of the New Year at Cheltenham this afternoon! The first race of the New Year, run in atrocious wind and rain, was won by 20 year old university student Lizzie riding her mother’s AUBUSSON and in the process beating her hero, champion jockey Tony McCoy. Enjoying only her 5th win under Rules, Lizzie decided to take up the running from about half way which proved to be decisive in allowing her to steer Aubusson clear of his rivals and storm clear up the Cheltenham hill.
After the race Lizzie said “I was pretty nervous about riding against the likes of AP (who is a god) and Dickie, and this is probably the only time I’ll win at Cheltenham so I’m definitely going to make the most of it. The ground is wet but the main problem is the wind as it proved hard to stay in a straight line.”
The second race of the afternoon gave Will Biddick success when he won with MENDIP EXPRESS who was making his debut handicap appearance for trainer Harry Fry. Many congratulations to both jockeys!