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Hollie's Blog: Big Days and Big Winners

14 August 2017

Hi everyone, it’s been another busy fortnight for me, and one that has certainly had some exciting moments!

Unfortunately not at Windsor, where my only ride in The Silk Series so far wasn’t a winning one but I’m delighted to see Nicola Currie at the top of the Leaderboard. She’s a fab jockey and is on a great vein of form in The Silk Series, adding to the win at Windsor by coming second at Brighton last week.

That race was won by Megan Nicholls, who I saw speaking on At The Races after the race, saying how much she was enjoying riding in The Silk Series. She mentioned that it’s been a great opportunity for the female jockeys to ride for some new trainers and that it is great for us to be able to get together more often. I’m delighted with how people have taken to The Silk Series so far, and now we press on to the last few races and the Final.

I mentioned in my last blog that I was hopeful of picking up some rides at Glorious Goodwood, and I ended up with six in total, including getting back on one of my favourite horses Scarlet Dragon, on whom I won the Old Rowley Cup at Newmarket last season.

The undisputed highlight of Goodwood, however, was winning my first race at the meeting on Billesdon Bess for my boss, Richard Hannon. Anyone who was there or watched the meeting on tv will have seen that the weather wasn’t really ideal (it was awful) and caused the ground to be called heavy, but I didn’t care one bit!

Riding any winner is fantastic, but there is certainly something extra special about delivering for the owners and trainer who’ve shown faith in you at such a big event. I’ve won on Billesdon Bess once before at Salisbury, so I’m really grateful to the Pall Mall Partners syndicate for giving me the opportunity at Goodwood. Not too long after Goodwood came another opportunity that I will certainly cherish for many years to come. I got a late call up to the Girls team in the Shergar Cup at Ascot after Michelle Payne was forced to step down with illness.

Michelle was the first ever woman to ride a winner of the Melbourne Cup in Australia, and it was sad that she wasn’t able to take part, but it was never the less a great opportunity for me in front of a big crowd and all of the ITV Racing cameras there too.

I have to say, it was an absolutely brilliant day that I would love to have another go at in the future. A winner would have really been the icing on the cake, and I came very close in the first race, but was pipped to the post by Jamie Spencer.

The Shergar Cup is a bit of a different race meeting to normal, it’s the only one where you’re in a team of jockeys, which makes it so much fun to take part in. My team mates, Hayley Turner and Emma-Jayne Wilson are such model professionals and have achieved so much, I am really grateful to Ascot Racecourse and Dubai Duty Free for giving me the chance to take part as well as meeting some other top pros from around the world ☺

Anyway, it’s back to the day job now and I’ll continue to press on for as many winners as possible for the rest of the season! Make sure to check out the two upcoming Silk Series races, at Wolverhampton on Friday and Bath on Saturday as well as voting in the #SilkSeriesArt competition which closes on Saturday!