Godwin success ensures a family affair for Chepstow's Flat finale
Brightening your day with turf tales from beyond the tracks
Chepstow's final Flat fixture of the year on Tuesday proved one to remember for the Godwin family after jockey Mitch edged another winner closer to riding out his 5lb claim – on the same day his mum
Jenny started work as the course’s business development manager.
Mitch, 19, is attached to the yard of Sylvester Kirk and steered Master Dancer to score in division one of the two-mile handicap for Tim Vaughan – a third win for the pair.
Jenny, who has been involved with horses her whole life, says she could hardly contain herself when her son arrived back at the winner’s enclosure.
“I’d been asked to take photos of the winner for social media, and then Mitch won!
“He’s been riding since the week before his second birthday, and at 14 decided he wanted to be a jockey. I’ve always had horses, but it was all change then – I had to learn to train and he started pony racing, where he did very well.
“I also run a charity syndicate that owns Bounty Pursuit – any profits go to cancer charities.”
Clearly Jenny knows the racing business inside out – and the Godwin name is one to watch.
Smile for the camera at Sandown
Watch out Edward Whitaker, there are some rivals in town! Sandown played host on Wednesday to keen photographers Steve McNeice, Steve Barnes, Martin Berry and Sue Wright, who were taking part in the Jockey Club and BLESMA photography challenge.
BLESMA, a military charity for limbless veterans, was set up to help all serving and ex-service men and women who have lost limbs, or the use of limbs, to rebuild their lives.
The Jockey Club teamed up with BLESMA for the challenge, which included two days’ racing to practise the art of equine photography and guidance from on-course professionals. Shortlisted entries will be displayed as part of an exhibition at the track’s Grand Military Day meeting next year.
Young jockey in the spotlight
Amateur Flat and jump jockey Page Fuller has been nominated for a prestigious national award.
Fuller, 22, is one of five finalists in the sports category at the Women of the Future Awards, founded in 2006 by Pinky Lilani CBE to celebrate the accomplishments of female talent under the age of 35.
She is joined by track athlete Elise Christie, British Rowing’s Emily Craig, goalball player Sarah Leiter and Mintridge Events founder Alexandra Paske.
The nomination ensures racing is represented among the finalists for a second year running after fellow jockey Alice Mills was shortlisted in 2016.
Fuller’s category is sponsored by the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival, which also offers female jockeys the chance to ride at venues across the globe.
The awards take place at the Hilton Park Lane Hotel on Wednesday, November 15.
Mandown Farm, the new operations base for Jockey Club Estates in Lambourn, is now open. The Jockey Club acquired the Lambourn gallops in 2006, and in 2014 sought planning permission for the new base. Now up and running, the facility includes a meeting room, staff welfare facilities and a workshop, plus a horsebox park and washdown area for visiting trainers.
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