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  • Sweeney Jumps To It At Lingfield

William Hill 'Flat Jockeys' Handicap Hurdle (Professional Flat Race Jockeys) 2m

  • (3yo+, 2m, Class 4, 9 runners)
  • Winner £2,738 2nd £798 3rd £399
  • Going: Soft, Heavy in places
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 4m 11.85s
  • Off time: 14:34:42
  • Last Updated: November 13 2012, 15:33 GMT

Fergus Sweeney's first taste of life as a jumps jockey ended in triumph after he partnered Miss Exhibitionist to success in a special hurdle race for Flat riders at Lingfield.

Sweeney: Showed off his skills aboard Miss Exhibitionist
Sweeney: Showed off his skills aboard Miss Exhibitionist

Sweeney, who had first got into racing through watching jumps racing as a child, had only previously ridden on the Flat but showed the benefit of some intensive schooling practice at Alan King's yard when bringing home the 9/2 winner to break her duck.

"I had a willing partner - it was more her than me," said Sweeney, who had ridden with nearly 3st of lead in his saddle in order to draw the correct weight of 11-10.

"I knew Alan was the man to ring when this race came about. I've been there a few times in the last few weeks and it's been brilliant, I've been loving it. I might ask if I can keep going actually. Maybe we can have a chase next year!"

Kirsty Milczarek finished second aboard Terra Bleu, with Jamie Goldstein's mount Lindsay's Dream keeping on for third.


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