Alice Mills enjoys biggest career win at Wincanton with Monkerty Tunkerty
Many congratulations to Alice Mills, who enjoyed an unforgettable victory today and the biggest win of her career when partnering MONKERTY TUNKERTY for owner-trainer Jess Westwood in the Somerset National at Wincanton.
Riding with supreme patience, Alice held her horse up until creeping into the picture and taking up the lead two from home. Monkerty Tunkerty stayed on well to draw clear from the last and be pushed out to win effortlessly by 10 lengths.
This was a particularly impressive performance considering how the 12-year-old horse sustained a career threatening cut to his leg in this same race last year. He was lovingly nursed back to health by devoted Jess Westwood, herself an ex-amateur jockey whose riding career was cruelly cut short by a serious head injury sustained in a point-to-point fall 3 years ago.
Alice said: “Today I just let him travel within himself and he pulled his way to the front. Once he found his stride he was fabulous. Jess has done a brilliant job to bring him back so well after almost a year off. She gets her horses straight and knows Monkerty inside out; she was confident he still had it.”