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Shelley Birkett hoping for change of luck after riding 100th winner

Shelley Birkett: bagged a double on Carlisle's unique all-female riders' fixture
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Shelley Birkett is looking to put her injury woes behind her after reaching a landmark 100 winners at Carlisle on Monday evening.

Birkett proved the star turn at the unique all-female riders' fixture when registering a double on Redrosezorro in the 6f handicap and Zealous in the 1m1f handicap.

The victories were the jockey's first since returning to action in July after sustaining a dislocated hip and broken collarbone in a crashing fall at Yarmouth last April.

Redrosezorro: the first leg of Shelley Birkett's double at Carlisle

On bringing up the century with victory on Zealous, Birkett said: "It's massive for me, it's something I never thought I'd do when I set out riding. It's a nice night to do it on as it's all about showcasing girls and people like me who are struggling to get outside rides."

The jockey, who rode out her claim last December after starting out in 2010, spent three years with David O'Meara before returning home to help her mother Julia Feilden in running the family's stable in Newmarket.

Birkett blues

April 2019 Dislocated hip and broken collarbone in fall at Yarmouth

August 2018 Dislocated shoulder in an unseat at Yarmouth

July 2015 Broken leg after being kicked in an accident at David O'Meara's yard

With Peter O'Sullevan House in Newmarket nearing completion, Birkett lived at Jack Berry House for six weeks to recover from her latest injury.

"I'd already had a bad run with injuries and it was gutting that it happened again as it meant I missed the first half of the season," she said.

"I keep getting injured so I'm clearly not very good at taking falls, but it comes with the job. With the number of jockeys in the area, the new facility in Newmarket is really needed." 

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It's something I never thought I'd do when I set out riding
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