Brodie Hampson being interviewd on Channel 4 Racing (Photo by C4 Racing)Amateur jump jockey Brodie Hampson has been voted the Stobart Jockey of the Month following her two victories in her father's colours. On February 19 she won the Royal Military Gold Cup on Jennys Surprise - her first win over jumps.
Her father Mark Hampson was there to see her win - he is at present patient at the Prospect Hospice suffering from cancer.
The Jockey of the Month award was made at Sandown (March 12) - with an interview on Channel 4 Racing's transmission.
Brodie Hampson is part of trainer Sally Randell's team at Broad Hinton. Sally and Brodie, who is 21 years-old, have worked together for the past five years.
Just before February disappeared, Brodie also rode the eight year-old gelding Goal to win at Southwell in a two mile selling handicap hurdle. Goal is owned by Mark Hampson and - to complete the circle - is trained by Sally Randell.
Brodie Hampson's award announced on Twitter by Great British Racing - horseracing’s official marketing & promotional bodyAnd to add to the 'firsts', Goal was Sally Randell's first winner since she got her training licence in November.
The Stobart Jockey of the Month is voted for by Channel 4 Racing viewers. Also nominated for February was Richard Johnson - for reaching his two hundredth winner of the season. Johnson tweeted his congratulations to Brodie.
Interviewed on Channel 4 Racing by Alice Plunkett, Brodie said: "It means a lot - and thanks to everyone for voting for me - it's a privilege." She was asked how her father was: "He's doing well - he has good days and bad days, but he's been good lately."
Another young woman jockey, Lizzie Kelly, was voted last December's Jockey of the Month. At the time she worked for Neil King up on the Marlborough Downs above Broad Hinton.
Jenny's Surprise won again at Sandown on Friday (March 11.) Trained by Fergal O'Brien and ridden this time by Lieutenant Colonel Erica Bridge, she won the Grand Military Gold Cup - a three mile chase for military amateur riders.
And to nearly complete the connections - Sally Randell was the first woman to win the Grand Military Gold Cup - indeed won it three times.
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Tiggy Wiggy - with Richard Hughes - wins the Cheveley Park Stakes (September 2014) (photograph by Steven Cargill)Richard Hughes is looking forward eagerly to see how two of Richard Hannon's great successes of the 2014 flat season will shape up now they have graduated from two- year-old to three-year-old status: Tiggy Wiggy and Ivawood.
The bay filly Tiggy Wiggy won five of her seven starts on turf - with Hughes riding her in four of those races.
Marlborough News Online asked Richard Hughes whether, now she's a three-year-old, she can have similar successes this season? "Don't know. Only she knows that. Before she raced, she was a menace in the yard - used to take off a bit. When she won her first outing by seven lengths we were amazed - she was never meant to be this good."
The day before her appearance at Ascot last June, she got loose and was out for about half-an-hour. Hughes thinks she may have calmed down: "She's not as small a horse as some people think, and she got bigger over the winter."
She is set to make her first appearance in mid-April at Newbury's Dubai Duty Free Spring Trials meeting: "She'll go for seven furlongs - and if she gets that, she'll go for a mile. She's a bit of freak - we'll have to give her the benefit and try the distance - if not she'll go for sprints."
She is already entered for the 1000 Guineas at the beginning of May.
Richard Hughes believes the bay colt Ivawood is a different matter altogether: "He's the real deal. We have huge belief in him - I've no doubt he'll stay."
Ivawood won three out of his four races as a two-year-old - all partnered with Richard Hughes. For a two-year-old Ivawood was a very big horse. After his Goodwood victory last year Richard Hannon was also optimistic about his future: “Physically he looks streets ahead of a lot of two-year-olds, and I don’t think he will become ‘just a two-year-old’."
Ivawood came second at Newmarket in October - and Hughes believes that at that time he was having some growing pains in his bones. Over six furlongs he came home second to Charming Thought.
He is entered for Newbury's mid-April Greenham Stakes - seen as a trial for the 2,000 Guineas. The Richard Hughes-Richard Hannon Senior combination last won this seven furlong race in 2013 with Olympic Glory.
And he is entered for May's Qipco 2,000 Guineas over a mile at Newmarket.
Sally Randell and KillimordalySally Randell has just applied for her training licence. For the past year she has been assistant trainer at Andy Turnell's yard on the edge of Broad Hinton - soon she will be taking over the yard.
Turnell, who as a youngster was a star jockey and then became the quiet man of racehorse training, is still recovering from the stroke he had two years ago which paralysed much of his right side. He will be changing to a 'supporting role' at the stables.
He and his wife hit it off with Sally from the word go. He told the Racing Post: "I'm confident this will work. Apart from being a tireless worker, Sally is bringing new owners to the yard."
Turnell 'inherited' his licence from his father who trained at Ogbourne Maizey. But Turnell, who is now 66, moved his training establishment around England, before settling back to Wiltshire and his everyday view of the Hackpen white horse.
Sally had been training point-to-pointers in Wales and when she arrived at the Turnell yard just a year ago, it was empty. While Andy was recovering from his stroke, the horses had gone to other other trainers. Working together closely , Andy, his wife Gilly and Sally have re-built the yard and have been having successes - six winners in the 2014-2015 jump season.
There are now seven horses training in the licensed yard for the summer. In the winter Sally hopes to get that up to sixteen or seventeen.
Sally has completed her three modules at Newmarket's British Racing School. Also on her courses was another soon-to-be trainer from just the other side of Marlborough, champion jockey Richard Hughes.
On the all-weather circuit When Marlborough News Online was at the stables, Sally and amateur jockey Brodie Hampson were riding out the final two horses of the morning. Brodie was on the eight year-old Waddingtown Hero who has had two recent wins in chases at Ffos Las.
"Ffos Las has been good for us," says Sally with a smile. But looking closer at the results tables you find that Waddingtown Hero has come third-first-second-second-first in his last five races - providing quite a tonic for the yard.
Sally was riding the bay gelding Killimordaly - a six year-old named after a village near Galway. His Irish owner, Patsy Hardiman, died recently - very suddenly.
Sally Randell, Donnas Palm, Brodie Hampson His family are keeping Hardiman's other horse, the four year-old Any Destination. But Sally is now forming a syndicate to keep Killimordaly at the yard. He raced over hurdles last season and early in June he came second in a two mile seven furlong chase at Ffos Las.
Brodie, in the earliest of her twenties, has known Sally since she was eleven. Her father was Sally's detachment commander when they were serving with the Royal Artillery. And she met Brodie who kept a pony at the regimental Saddle Club when Sally was there.
They have worked together for five years and Sally believes Brodie has a great future as a jockey. She won her first ever point-to-point race and with six wins over jumps and under rules she came second in the 2014-2015 Amateur Lady Jockeys National Hunt Championship - behind Bridget Andrews.
Sally told us that one of best memories of her year at the stables was seeing the delight on Andy Turnell's face when Brodie rode Aristocracy to a three lengths victory in a hurdle race at Wincanton last November: "He thinks the world of Brodie."
Sally herself was no mean jockey and only announced her retirement earlier this year. In 2009, riding Oakfield Legend, she became the first woman to win Sandown's Grand Military Gold Cup. She won it again in 2014 on Bradley and again this year on Loose Chips.
Another boost to her year has been seeing how Andy made great progress in his recovery once the horses were back in the yard: "He's back to his old self."
He travels to the races with Sally, but gets pretty tired. Every week he goes to Oaksey House, the Injured Jockeys Fund headquarters in Lambourn, for physiotherapy - and he rides with the Lambourn Riding for the Disabled.
Sally says the Turnell training establishment is "A really great yard" and she is very pleased to be taking it over. It has 17 licensed boxes, enough paddocks for the horses to be turned out every day, an under-cover horse walker ("Great for the winter!") and a long all-weather circuit. Further down, the barn has sixteen more horses that Sally plans to keep for point-to-pointers.
Brodie Hampson & Donnas Palm at the Cambridge Harriers Point-to-Point, Cottenham December 2014 (Photo copyright Racehorse Photos) On the day we visited Sally, yard manager Gerald Burton and his son Sam were away on training courses. Sam is just turning sixteen and joins as a novice aiming to be an amateur jockey.
Sally has just appointed Emma Owen to look after the yard's admin and publicity, and she too has been at the Racing School. And Kate Leahy is joining the team soon.
And then we are introduced to Donnas Palm - an eleven year-old grey gelding with a history and now quite a magisterial presence at the yard.
Beginning in 2008, Donnas Palm raced in Ireland and chalked up six wins and three seconds in his first 13 outings. Ridden by such well-known jockeys as Paul Carberry and Barry Geraghty, he won eleven races under rules. Racing in England from April 2013 onwards was not such a success.
He is now trained by Sally for point-to-pointing. In that first race in Ireland at Navan he was ridden by Nina Carberry, so it is fitting that Brodie Hampson has been racing him recently.
Brodie says he is an 'absolutely straightforward horse'. There is, however, a 'but'. If he finds himself in the 'wrong position' with other horses in a race "He simply tries his best to stop." Brodie now has the measure of him and Sally hopes he will be at the yard for the rest of his days.
Thanks to Racehorse Photos for use of their photo of Brodie Hampson and Donnas Palm.
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Sam Twiston-Davies (left) & Chelsea approaching the finishCharity races have been in the news recently - Victoria Pendleton (retired cycling champion) and Tony McCoy (retired jump jockey champion) have both made headlines riding for charity at some of England's premier racecourses.
They were both riding race horses. Chelsea Pearce won her charity race at Chepstow Racecourse on a camel - what is more in the final she came home ahead of the highly rated jockey Sam Twiston-Davies who had been the runaway winner of the three heats.
Though still at school, Chelsea Pearce, who is based near Marlborough, is making her mark as an accomplished eventer.
The race was sponsored by William Hill and was to provide funds for the Bristol-based Paul's Place charity. Paul's Place works to improve the lives of physically disabled adults across South Gloucestershire, Bath and North-East Somerset, North Somerset and Bristol.
Chelsea - in the orange and light blue silks - led all the way in the final race: "It was for a great cause - and I had a wonderful day!" It certainly does not look the easiest of rides.
You can still support Paul's Place at this Justgiving web-page.