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Hollie’s Blog – My First Listed Winner

Tuesday 5 September

Hi everyone, I hope you’ve been enjoying the latest Silk Series action since my last blog. We’ve had two races since then, at Wolverhampton and at Bath, and the Leaderboard is really starting to shape up ahead of the final at Doncaster.

Unfortunately, I’ve not been able to get myself to the top, but I’ve been really happy to be involved in two of the races so far, at Windsor and Wolverhampton.

Shelley Birkett won at Wolverhampton, and said on At The Races how much of a boost The Silk Series had been over the summer, giving opportunities to the girls to ride for new trainers. It’s been great to see my fellow riders get behind The Silk Series so strongly :).

I didn’t ride in the race at Bath, but was delighted for Megan Nicholls to get her second win in the Series, on Canberra Cliffs for Don Cantillon. I know it was a long journey for Meg to make to get to Bath, so she’ll be really pleased that it paid off and that she propelled herself to the top of The Silk Series Leaderboard, just ahead of Nicola Currie and Sammy Jo Bell, with Shelley and Hayley Turner in not too far behind.

Personally, I was delighted to tick off another first in the last few weeks as Billesdon Bess got me my first Listed winner at Salisbury. I was absolutely delighted with her, given that we weren’t sure whether the ground would suit her or not.

I’d won on Billesdon Bess earlier in the season at Salisbury, over the same distance, so I was hopeful and she delivered for me once again.

Given the race was Listed, I wasn’t allowed to use my usual claim, so I’m really grateful to the Owners and Mr Hannon for keeping me on the ride, especially after our Glorious Goodwood win. It really helps when you know you have the confidence of the Owners and your Trainer behind you and you can forge a winning relationship with your horse. Thanks Bess!!

As far as The Silk Series goes, I’m really hopeful of getting a ride in the final at Doncaster a week on Thursday, and excited to see who will come out on top. Meg’s in the driving seat, but any of the girls near the top could win it.

In the meantime, I’d urge you all to check out @SilkSeries on twitter, as they’re spending this week profiling some of the pioneering female jockeys from days gone by and from around the world. Some top #MondayMotivation for all of us!

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