A life long ambition ended in perfect fashion for a stable girl from Newmarket on Friday during a charity race held at the town’s July Course.
Twenty four year old Brydi Allison was left with a broad smile across her face after steering Ninfea to victory in the Countryside Alliance Race For Repeal which was held before the start of the action at the track.
“It has always been my dream to ride in a charity race and now I have done it and won it,” said Brydi, who was representing the Essex and Suffolk Hunt in the race,
“All of my friends and family were here to watch as was James and Heather Buckle from the Essex and Suffolk Hunt which made it all the more special.”
Victory for the duo looked unlikely as the nine-runner field headed into the final stages of the mile contest with long-time leaders Big City Boy and Matt Mackley holding a five-length lead at the two furlong pole.
Keeping her cool aboard the six-year old mare Brydi, who works for town trainer Neil King, reeled in Mackley and Big City Boy in the final few yards before recording a narrow victory.
“It was an amazing feeling, although I didn’t think I was going to quite get there,” said Brydi.
“I owe a massive thanks to Michael Tebbutt for the lessons on the Equicizer and to Trevor Whelan for all the help and advice he gave me, and for Neil King for letting me ride the horse.”
Praising Brydi’s performance in the saddle was her soon to be moving boss who as of next month will take up ranks at his new base in Wiltshire.
“It was a fantastic performance,” said the St Gatien Stables handler.
“Brydi had put a lot of hard work in to it. She even had lessons at the British Racing School with Michael Tebbutt on the Equicizier to get herself fit.
“Matt Mackley was the one to beat but he spent a bit too much time looking around out in front.
“However, I thought Brydi rode a superb race.”
At Fakenham on Sunday Brydi, who raised more £1,100 for the Countryside Alliance following her exploits on Friday, and Ninfea won another prize when claiming the best turned out award in the concluding lady amateur riders’ handicap hurdle on the six-race card at the West Norfolk track.
Unfortunately Ninfea, who was ridden in the two and a half mile Class Five contest by Carey Williamson, could only manage finish fifth behind winner Squeeze Me.