Richard’s riding high in win

Richard Hunnisett riding at Garthorpe Photo: Nico Morgan
Richard Hunnisett riding at Garthorpe Photo: Nico Morgan
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RUTLAND jockey Richard Hunnisett followed up his recent Aintree debut with a stunning victory at Garthorpe on Sunday.

Richard, from Brooke, was easing off as he romped home with Denvale to win the Gold Cup by 40 lengths at Garthorpe point-to-point races.

The 53-year-old jockey, who is joint master of Cottesmore Hunt and who only began racing when he was 37, said: “That race was pretty exceptional. He is a reliable galloper who always keeps going. It was his day.”

A little over a week earlier, Richard had raced the Grand National course at Aintree in a Foxhunters race aimed at Amateur riders and a few junior professionals.

“It was absolutely fantatstic,” said Richard, who rode Vanness and finished sixth out of 23 starters with 12 horses completing the famous course.

“Vanness is a huge horse, a superb jumper and really suited to Aintree.

“It’s like the Pro-Am equivalent of the Grand National and for amateur jockeys it is like amateur cricketers playing at The Oval or Lords.

“It’s unique and a part of racing history. We ride over the same fences for one and a quarter laps. We jump the Chair, Bechers Brook and the Canal Turn.”

Richard is racing at Dingley Point-to-Point races tomorrow near Market Harborough. The first of seven races starts at 2pm.