Red hot Becks puts cat amongst the pigeons in lady amateurs’ title race
As well as completing a 1,871/1 treble for us at Wetherby today, Witness’ success in the concluding three mile handicap hurdle saw our head girl Becky Smith move into joint first place in this season’s lady amateurs’ jumps championship.
R M & T’s nine year old took full advantage of a drop in grade to record his first success in the UK as he stayed on strongly to beat Border Victor by four lengths, having been in last place turning for home.
It was Becks’ eighth winner of the current National Hunt season, seven of which count towards the amateurs’ title which runs from June to June, and it puts her level with long time leader and current champion Page Fuller with just over two months of the championship remaining.
It’s a pretty amazing achievement considering that Becks, who rode out her 7lbs claim with a win aboard Justforjames at Sedgefield a fortnight ago, had only ridden four jumps winners in her career prior to this season but a combination of hard work and an increased number of rides has changed all that and she’s had three winners in the space of the last five weeks.
Her partnership with Camillas Wish, which yielded four wins last summer and looks set for more success judged on the mare’s highly encouraging return to action at Sedgefield recently, has been a big factor in Becks’ flourishing jumps career, but as ever she’s quick to acknowledge the fantastic support that she gets all year round from our brilliant team of owners, who are understandably becoming keener than ever to get her on board their horses!
We’ll continue to give Becks all the support we can in her quest to win the title, it’s always a popular occasion when she rides a winner and we hope there are lots more of those to come.
Lady Amateurs’ National Hunt Championship 2017/18 – current standings (up to and including 29th March 2018)
1= Page Fuller (7), 1= Becky Smith (7), 3 Abbie McCain (5), 4= Bryony Frost* (4), 4= Brodie Hampson (4), 4= Catherine Walton (4), 7= Maxine O’Sullivan (3), 7= Isabel Williams (3)
* now rides as a conditional