George helps Carolyn get season off to a winning start

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THE new point-to-point season has begun in winning style of Carolyn Gorman of Copsale and her son George (16), who rode the family’s first winner at the Cambridge University Hunts Club meeting at Cottenham at the end of November.

Carolyn has five horses to run this season, and one of them, French-bred mare, She Is A Cracker, won the Club Members Race in fine style with George on board when enjoying the good ground, overturning an odds-on favourite.

The victory with the six-year-old continued a run of successes last season when George won three races with the mare in his first year of riding in point to points.

It should have been four wins, for the duo were first past the post but disqualified for losing a weight cloth during the race.

Forgotten Symony ( seven) ran once last season and won. A new horse for the yard, Mayode Wood, was spotted by Carolyn when she was in Ireland for her father’s funeral during the summer. She bought the six-year-old, who she describes as ‘ a big boat’ and he finished a good second under George at Barbury Castle earlier this month in a big field.

Or Jaune has been added to the team, having been bought out of Gary Moore’s racing yard at Horsham, where he had run for a partnership scoring seven wins during his career.

Carolyn said: “ He had fallen out of love with the game but I’m hoping a new environment will rekindle his enthusiasm. The slower pace and less harsh obstacles in point to points should suit him. We have taken him hunting and he simply loved it. He was still hunting in his box in the evening after he came back, he was so excited.”

Her fifth horse, Merry Vic is back in the yard after a season off through injury and Carolyn is aiming him for Hunter Chases at National Hunt meetings, to be ridden by her husband Marcus, an established point to point jockey,

One of George’s ambitions for the season is to ride in a race against his father- and win. George is at Collyers College, Horsham, but after A levels, he wants to be a jockey.

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