I sat on my first pony at the age of three – by the time my eighth birthday came round, it was the thoroughbred that I hankered after. My life in racing has been well documented through my books. However, now on this page I can give a mention to those extra special ones, those that I shared an affinity with.
First the fourteen horses that provided me with memories to savour. My winners:
|Bootlleggers Moll||1984||National Hunt Flat Race||Towcester||A. Bailey|
|Molojec||1986||Amateur Hurdle||Ascot||A. Bailey|
|Turn ‘em Back Jack||1987||Amateur Hurdle||Southwell||A. Bailey|
|Planet Ash||1987||Amateur Flat||Newmarket||A. Bailey|
|Fourth Tudor||1987||Ladies Hurdle||Plumpton||A. Bailey|
|Fourth Tudor||1987||Ladies Hurdle||Huntingdon||A. Bailey|
|Topori||1988||Amateur Hurdle||Fakenham||D. Wintle|
|Beechwood Cottage||1988||Amateur Flat||Redcar||A. Bailey|
|Beechwood Cottage||1988||Amateur Flat||Chepstow||A. Bailey|
|Burnditch Girl||1989||Amateur Flat||Haydock||M. Eckley|
|Great Gusto||1989||Ladies Derby Flat||Ripon||D. Thom|
|Howjal||1991||Amateur Hurdle||Lingfield||R. Bostock|
|Snickersnee||1991||Ladies Flat||Yarmouth||H. Cecil|
|Rose Glen||1991||Amateur Flat||Ayr||A. Bailey|
I enjoyed a terrific time during the 80’s, riding under both codes; flat and jump racing. In 1982 I was first season leading lady rider on the flat and followed up with the second season award a year later. The Awards Ceremony was held at Woburn Abbey.
Bootleggers Moll gave me my first win at Towcester in May 1984 albeit a two horse National Hunt Flat race – still counts as a winner! There were many rides up and down the country before I would ride another.
On the 13th December 1986 I rode Molojec to win an amateur riders’ handicap hurdle; trained by Alan Bailey. The euphoria lasted more than a week, but after many rides flat racing that all-important winner still eluded me. However, the following July Planet Ash strode up the Newmarket July course and that first flat winner was every bit as special!
In 1988 and ‘89 I was on the Lanson sponsored UK team challenge at York against the rest of Europe. The UK team were victorious on both occasions. Two rides for champion trainer Henry Cecil in 1990 rounded off that year. I finished fifth in the amateur riders championship and was very disappointed; plenty of rides, not enough winners.
Friday August 2nd 1991. The first day of the jump season, a great start with one ride at Bangor. Happily lying third in the flat championship with two winners; one trained by H.Cecil, the other by A.Bailey I also had a handful of placed horses for various trainers. A live chance of being champion on the flat and over jumps!
A fall at the last hurdle left me with a broken neck.