Monday, June 18, 2012

Ladies' days

As remarked in the previous chapter, last Friday's meeting at Musselburgh was Ladies' Day.  And I can't leave that subject behind without saluting a few of them.  Bearing in mind the meeting's title, it was most appropriate that the day should end with a rare occurence: two mother/daughter trainer/jockey combinations winning the last two races.  First we had Karen Tutty winning the second last with Jupiter Fidius, ridden by her apprentice daughter Gemma.  And then we had the concluding lady amateurs' race falling to Talk Of Saafend, trained by Dianne Sayer (who also sent out the third-placed Cool Baranca, as well as another third place-getter earlier in the afternoon) and ridden by her daughter Emma.  Horses ridden by Emma for her mother have a great record, Flat and National Hunt (often the same horses running under both codes) and this really is a stable to look out for, as we found out last year when Hot Rod Mamma won five consecutive races, which really is a feat easier said than done.  And salutations also to Katie Margarson, who rode what I think was her first winner when partnering the Richard Guest-trained Cut The Cackle to victory in the amateurs' race at Hamilton on Wednesday night.  That was good - and even more impressive was that, the race having taken place at 6.20 the previous evening in Scotland, Katie was still back home to ride out for her her dad at 6.00 the following morning, as this photograph proves.  Good on 'er.

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