Jodie Hughes sparkles at Cartmel and Becky Smith wins


The most valuable ladies hurdle race of the season, the generously sponsored Banks Lyon pro-am, was run at Cartmel on Saturday with 6 lady amateurs participating out of a 9 runner field.  It was a great performance by Peter Bowen’s WELLS DE LUNE ridden by Jodie Hughes who led from pillar to post on the good ground and managed to hold on (despite the best efforts of Alice Stevens) to win by a length and a quarter from Alice on Henry Daly’s INNOCENT TOUCH.

Many congratulations to Jodie and winning connections.  Jodie was presented with an exquisite 18 carat white gold and double drop yellow diamond necklace by kind sponsors Banks Lyon following her victory.  Well done Jodie!

The final race of the day also saw prominence of another lady amateur enjoying a great season.  Becky Smith made all aboard trainer Stef Keniry’s HERMANUS in the Hadwins Motor Group Mares Handicap Hurdle to give the mare her first success over obstacles.  Becky is enjoying a fine season both on the Flat and over obstacles, now in joint pole position under both codes! Well done Becky!

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