Holland and Bullet Fly to Charity Race Success
Leading jewellery designer Philippa Holland and Russian Bullet, trained by Jamie Osborne, made nearly all the running to win the Magnolia Cup - a charity race run in aid of Spinal Research and Winston's Wish - from the fast-finishing Photo Finish under Harriet Bond.
Holland was only riding Russian Bullet after her intended mount Beat The Bell, also trained by Osborne, was withdrawn this morning but the three-year-old responded to all his rider's efforts in the final furlong to repel Photo Finish by a neck. Channel 4 presenter Emma Spencer and Bellevue Beauty were half a length further back in third.
Holland said: "It went so quickly, it was literally like sitting on a bullet. I have ridden since I was a child - I have been hunting, pony club and all that sort of stuff - but I ride side-saddle normally. This time I got my leg over!
"I am organising the first side-saddle race since 1928 which takes place in Leicestershire in aid of a military charity.
"I have just launched my new website and I sell to stalls around the world in collaboration with David Morris, who is a Bond St jeweller.
"I was hoping no one would notice what happened after the finish line. He carried on going and there was a bar at the end - as another jockey fell, so did I. Edie (Campbell) waited for me and a punter gave me a leg up, so I got back on."
Osborne, who trains in Lambourn, added: "I hope that Russian Bullet is not the only winner we have this week! Philippa hasn't been riding out for me enough - she looked like she was riding side-saddle in the last furlong. It was a great result for a great cause."
PIPPED IN PHOTO FINISH FOR MAGNOLIA CUP CHARITY RACE
Another thrilling finish at Glorious Goodwood saw four horses fighting for victory in today's Magnolia Cup charity race.
The winner, Russian Bullet, scored by a neck from Photo Finish, trained by Jonjo O'Neill and ridden by Harriet Bond. In third, beaten half a length, was Channel 4 Racing presenter Emma Spencer on Bellevue Beauty, while fourth was last year's winning combination, the Edie Campbell-ridden George Baker.
Bond, 20, a university student at Kingston in London studying the history of art and design and film, said: "It was amazing and if the race had been a bit longer I might have won because he was going on again. He became tired at halfway then picked me up again and took off. This is my third charity race, but the biggest one I've done. It was immense to hear the crowd cheering."
Spencer said: "It was great fun, but it's just a shame I can't push in a finish! The start was a bit of mayhem because a couple got flyers and went miles clear, but it was good fun."
Campbell, a model whose next assignment will be in sunny Spain, said: "I just love it - it's so much fun. This morning I thought I'd quite like to win it again, but I don't care in the slightest because the horse ran so well. He's the best-mannered and most willing horse, and while I was nervous beforehand and it felt like there was pressure there isn't really.
"Near the finish I thought we might win, but then he gave a heave as if to say 'Oh no, all this lead'. I'd love to do it again. This is the only charity race I ride in and there can be nowhere better. The crowd cheers and it's such a wonderful venue. I've not been on a jockeys' diet because he had to carry 11st today, but I'll be back on it soon for my job."