Well, what an end to The Silk Series that turned out to be! First of all, I’d like to congratulate Georgia Cox for winning the big finale at Doncaster on Thursday, with a really strong ride on Buccanneer’s Vault.
I managed to come fourth in the race, and really enjoyed the event. As I’ve said before, riding on big days, like at Doncaster, is always fun and despite not winning it was great to be there for the final race of The Silk Series.
Congratulations must also go to Megan for coming third at Doncaster which sealed the title for her with sixty points. Going into the final, the maths were a bit of a nightmare with four jockeys in the running to win, however we knew Megan would come out on top with a top four finish.
She gave Paddy Power a really good ride to stay in contention throughout and I know that Richard Fahey, the trainer, was really pleased to help her make sure she won The Silk Series.
Both before and after the race I was delighted to see how many press and photographers were taking interest in the race and I’m sure that Meg’s phone was buzzing all afternoon with all the positive messages that I saw flooding in on social media.
It was also great to see the original piece of art that Jane Braithwaite did following her win in the #SilkSeriesArt poll last month. She ended up doing a piece that was of a fictional race at Doncaster with the top seven ladies in The Silk Series wearing silks that they had been successful in over the summer. It was a lovely touch to get a few of the jockeys involved and I know Meg has already given her permission for it to be exhibited at the Society of Equestrian Artists ‘Horse in Art’ exhibition at Sally Mitchell’s Gallery in Newark from next weekend – go check it out if you’re in the area!
On a personal note, it’s been a really big summer for me as you’ve read on this blog for the last few months. The highlights have definitely been the wins on Billesdon Bess at Glorious Goodwood and at Salisbury as well as taking part in The Shergar Cup at Ascot and The Silk Series, of course. Injuries have probably been the most frustrating thing, but I’ve been really grateful of the support from Mr Hannon and all of the other trainers and owners I’ve ridden for over the season.
Of course, there’s still a few weeks of the season left, and the life of a jockey never stops! I’m just working out plans for the winter and will be looking to stay as busy as possible and to keep the winners coming in where I can. Thanks very much for taking the time to read my thoughts over the last few months and congratulations once again to Meg and all of the other winners in The Silk Series. Over thirty different women were able to take part over the course of the summer and I know for sure that they, like me, cannot wait to give it another go next year.
All the best, Hollie