Ross heads Down Under

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Newmarket-based assistant trainer Ross Birkett will be travelling to Australia early next year after he was awarded a scholarship endowed in memory of former town trainer Alex Scott.

Twenty-five-year-old Ross who is currently assistant to his mother Julia Feilden at her Harraton Stud yard in Exning, was also joint amateur champion rider on the Flat this year and gained an entry into the Guinness Book of Records after completing the London Marathon in three hours eight minutes, the fastest ever time recorded by a runner dressed as a jockey.

He will go to Australia in February where he will spend three months working for leading trainer Gai Waterhouse.

After Alex Scott was shot dead in 1994, his family and friends set up as assistant trainer’s scholarship in his name with an annual award of £3,000 giving the winner the chance to go abroad.