Cirencester Agricultural College student, Claire Douglas, rode the first double of her career on a successful day’s racing at Hackwood Park on Sunday.
Douglas, 20, who rides mainly for Morestead trainer Jenny Gordon made all the running on race sponsor Anthony Ward-Thomas’s Wain Mountain in the HH Members race and quickly followed up on Present Oriented in the Ladies Open.
‘That is five winners so far this year,’ said Claire. ‘My mother’s horse Big Moment won two of those and I hope he will be in action again soon to win a couple more.’
Wain Mountain, like Big Moment, is trained by Jenny Gordon who saddled Presenting Express to finish a close second to Baodai in the Novice and Veteran Riders race. ‘That is the best race he has run for me,’ said owner/rider Fenton Ramsahoye, who qualified to ride in the race on both novice and veteran grounds.
Diminutive 19 year old Rachel King put her flat racing experience to good use on Charm of Gold in the Robins Row Restricted to beat Keel Road by two lengths.
‘Because I am so light, about seven and a half stone, I became a flat race apprentice with trainer Mark Usher last year,’ said Rachel, ‘but as I had ridden only one winner I decided to revert to amateur status. My amateur permit came through just in time to ride Charm of Gold – I think she will win again so I have no regrets!’
Ward-Thomas Removals Ltd Members
Night Nannies ladies Open
Judes Beecher Memorial – Two and a half
Countryside Alliance Veteran Novice
Robins Row Restricted
Gore Browne Investment Maiden