Ex-De Aston student takes a big win at Redcar
SHE is a really good horse and it was a fantastic day – those were the words of Market Rasen jockey Duran Fentiman after he had his second big win of the summer.
He powered Body And Soul to victory in the feature race at Redcar last Saturday.
The eyes of the racing world were focused on the Tees Valley racecourse – and the cameras of Channel 4 were present – for one of the most eagerly-awaited races of the late summer turf season.
The Two-Year-Old Trophy (Listed, Class One) race was for some of the best two-year-olds in the country, and Body And Soul, sent off the 4-1 favourite, got up to win by 2¼ lengths.
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The Totepool.com event is raced over six furlongs, attracts entries from hundreds of horses, and 21 went to post.
The race, for two-year-old colts and fillies, was worth at least £125,386, and the prize was much sought after by racehorse owners and trainers on both sides of the Irish Sea.
Body and Soul tracked the leaders in the early stages and made headway to lead two furlongs out, before running on well to go clear inside the final furlong.
In July, Fentiman was on board when Body and Soul won the £180,000 Newbury showpiece.
He was hopeful he would have another big date with the horse and was determined to make the weight – a key to his success.
Fentiman said: "She cost £7,000 and the weights for this race are decided on how much the horse cost.
"So she was well in at the weights. I could make the weight and so I got the ride. She is very fast and it was a fantastic day."
Jockeys normally get just over seven per cent of the winning prize money, and Fentiman was delighted to have the 26th win of the 2012 turf season, which runs from March to November.
In terms of prize money, it is the biggest year in the career of the local jockey and former De Aston School student, who is based with top trainer Tim Easterby at Malton.
As for the future, Fentiman is keen to get two more winners in what is left of the turf season to equal last year's total.
"Then I shall take a rest. I feel I need one. It's been a long hard summer, then I plan to ride on the all-weather tracks during the winter."