Those of us familiar with Jo Supple were amused to see her described as inexperienced in Friday’s Racing Post considering she has 616 point-to-point rides to her name along with 82 winners as well as 9 successes in hunter chases, but to be fair this was only Jo’s second winner on the Flat in the last five years.
This was the inaugural running of the LK Bennett Lady Amateur Jockeys Handicap over a mile, and with a field of 11 going to post in 30 degree heat it appeared to be a very open race. Jo, who works for trainer Rod Millman, gave CRYSTAL CASQUE time to settle and get into a rhythm. Ultimately and with perfect timing they stormed home under Jo’s strong driving to score by half a length, snatching victory from Megan Jordan and Double Time in the final strides.
Jo drove the box to the races and after the race was interviewed by Hayley Moore (herself a dual winner of this race) and said “The only other winner I’ve ridden for Rod I drove to the races as well, so we might have to make a habit of it. Every winner means a lot because you know everything that goes into them. When it’s part of the team you work for it’s extra special. The only time I’ve ridden here before was in a hunter chase in 2010 on a horse called Door. He was tiny and the fences were huge, but we got round!”
Many congratulations to triathlete Jo and to all the Millman team on a great victory. Huge thanks to our new sponsors LK Bennett for they support and many thanks to the Ascot Executive for their loyalty since the first running of this race back in 1973 when sponsored by de Beers.