Keeping it in the family

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A budding jockey for the future lined up for the first pony race to be held at Goodwood racecourse prior to the latest race meeting there.

Jamie Perrett (12), who finished a close second on Dillan’s Girl in the 138cm race, has all the right credentials for success in the saddle.

His uncle, Mark Perrett is a former jockey, and his aunt is Amanda Perrett, trains at Coombland Stables, Pulborough, previously the base of her father, Guy Harwood.

Jamie, whose home is in Newbury, was accompanied by his father Charlie, who is Mark’s brother.

“I want to be a jockey when I leave school,” he said.

In the interim he is gaining valuable experience on the race track by riding in pony races- this was his tenth of the year and he has notched up several winners.

Also getting in on the act are Amanda and Mark’s children, Emma (four) and Ryan (six). They had been up before 6am that Sunday morning to ride their ponies out on the Pulborough gallops with the first string and were full of enthusiasm for more.

“It was the first time they had been out on their ponies with the string and they have been promised they can go out every Sunday,” said Amanda.

To round off a true family day in style, Amanda saddled up Blue Surf, a three-year-old gelding to win the Geene King Handicap Stakes that day, with Pat Dobbs on board. It was the horse’s second win of the season.