Rachel Flynn made a successful comeback in the saddle at Newmarket’s July Course on Saturday – rolling back the years to land the second running of the Hambro Racing Welfare charity race.
Cheered on by a large gathering of friends and family the 45 year old, who last rode competitively in 2004, proved a popular winner as she steered five year old First Class, trained by her husband Rae Guest, to success in the mile contest.
“It is quite daunting riding on your home track, as everybody expects you to win, so I am delighted I managed it,” said Rachel.
“Thanks have to go to Brian and Elaine Cooper for letting me ride the horse in the race.”
Rachel’s sterling efforts were not just restricted to the saddle, with the equine specialist lawyer raising more than £3,500 for the charity for taking part in the race.
In addition to Rachel’s total the group raised a further £17,000 on the day through a silent auction.
“Racing Welfare is a charity close to my heart, having witnessed first hand the good work that the charity undertakes on behalf of racing’s people. I am thrilled to have raised around £3,500,” said Rachel.