Amateur rider Jason Carver was a winner both on and off the track on Saturday after lifting the Newmarket Town Plate and having his marriage proposal accepted by his fiancée.
The Lincolnshire based rider took the 344th running of the three-mile-six- furlong contest, sponsored by town businesses Powters and Golding, after guiding Start Me Up, trained in Newmarket by John Berry, to victory in the race which finishes on the town’s July Course.
However, Jason, who hails from Quadring Eaudyke, was already celebrating before lifting the Golding Perpetual Challenge Plate and his box of Newmarket sausages, after his partner of a Lauren Bentley accepted his proposal of marriage when he got down on one knee in the parade ring before the race.
“Today was everything that I have dreamed of,” said the winning rider.
“It was my first time on the racecourse and there could not be a better place to be to win than at Newmarket.
“I needed someone to give me hand in the run and John and his team have been so supportive since I have been working with them the past two weeks.”
Jason’s delight with the win aboard the nine year-old, a £7000 purchase from the Doncaster sales, was shared by the Exeter Road trainer, who was winning the race for the second time in three-years have trained and ridden Kadouchski to glory back in 2011.
“I am so happy for Jason as he was the one who selected the horse at the sales and he has been so professional throughout the whole thing,” said John.
While this year’s race will live long in the memory for one than one reason for Jason he has already outlined future plans for the nine year old gelding.
“I would like to enter him in the St Patrick’s Derby at Cheltenham and some other charity races before hopefully bringing back here to try and defend his title in the Town Plate. ” said Jason.