Tuesday, 12 April 2011

Beccy Green’s preparations for the Women in Racing BHEST Charity Race

Emily Pearce has been following PA to the Clerk of the Course at Ascot, Beccy Green’s, punishing training schedule for the Women in Racing BHEST Charity Race on Wednesday 27th April at the Berkshire track. As the sun started to rise, I joined amateur Ascot jockey Beccy Green as she set off on her bi-weekly trip to continue her training with Silent Oasis at Brendan Powell's yard prior to the Charity Race on 27th April. Silent Oasis aka Shirley was ready and raring to go as we drove into the yard with her head over the cheery red stable door welcoming us (or maybe the polo's she knew Beccy would have in her pocket!) to Lambourn. After a swift cup of tea Beccy was told to crack on and get tacked up by the ever efficient Powell Team.

Today, Beccy was to ride out in the company of jockey Clare Wills who rode Massini Man in the Foxhunters at Aintree last Thursday. With a leg up that almost threw her over the other side of the small racehorse, Powell's instructions were to warm up on the first stretch before heading onto Fishers Hill where Beccy and Silent Oasis were to take the lead with a half speed/swinging canter to the top. As they reached the bottom of Fishers Hill, Beccy and Shirley swiftly took the lead and then stretched out to a flat out gallop - not quite what Brendan had in mind but obviously an exhilarating ride for Beccy who reached the top with a huge grin on her face. It was swiftly wiped off as Powell issued her with a speeding ticket and a £5 fine to racing charity BHEST! When asked what Team Powell's top tip would be for Beccy it was a unanimous 'Don't fall off!'. Let’s hope Beccy learns to listen to Powell's instructions when she takes to the Ascot turf in a couple of weeks. For more information on tickets to the Totepool Raceday at Ascot on the 27th April please call 0870 727 4321. If you would like to support Beccy and Silent Oasis in their bid to become an Ascot Champion Jockey then please visit her fundraising site at www.justgiving.com/BeccyGreen.

For more information on The British Horseracing Education and Standards Trust please visit www.bhest.co.uk.

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