Racing: Fitzgerald chases ten wins on the trot
Wednesday 27 August 1997
The run began with Irie Mon at Market Rasen on 8 August, followed by three races at Stratford on 16 August and then Irie Mon again at Market Rasen on Saturday. It is all the more remarkable as it has been achieved for seven different trainers.
The record for successive winners is 12, set by Sir Gordon Richards in 1933. The last jockey to come near that total was Phil Tuck with 10 in September 1986, a figure also achieved by Johnny Gilbert in 1959.
Fitzgerald has one ride today when he partners General Glow for David Evans in the opening maiden hurdle. The gelding, who has shown fair form over middle distances on the Flat this year, faces 12 rivals.
Last season's leading amateur jump jockey, Robert Thornton, joins the paid ranks today and has the conditional jump jockey's title in his sights.
Nineteen-year-old Thornton will be hoping to repeat his success as an amateur, where he rode 30 winners in only his second full season.
Cross The Border is likely to run at Musselburgh tomorrow, at Sandown the following day or at Chester on Saturday, after having his third race in four days at Epsom on Monday. The David Nicholls-trained sprinter won at Thirsk and Beverley on Friday and Saturday respectively before finishing third to Gaelic Storm on Monday.
The Rae Guest-trained My Emma has been well backed with Coral for the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe and has been shortened to 14-1 from 16-1.
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