Stephen Mulqueen produced a sensational recovery to win on Lucinda Russell-trained Spark Of Madness in the Racing Welfare Supporting Mental Health Awareness Novices Handicap Chase at Perth earlier tonight.
The jockey lost both irons in an incident at the second fence which saw him jump the next without any stirrups before the 13-8 favourite rallied in the home straight to beat Bob’s Bar by three-quarters of a length.
Mulqueen said: “I did see the ground coming up towards me a couple of times but I was determined to stay on! To be fair he was a terrific partner as he jumped great and never let me down. Before the race all I said to Lucinda and his owners was that I’d try and keep things simple!”
Tomorrow (Thursday) afternoon at Perth attentions turn to sold out Edinburgh Gin Ladies Day where record-breaker Rachael Blackmore makes her first appearance at Britain’s northernmost racecourse.
Blackmore, the first female jockey to win the Aintree Grand National and Cheltenham Gold Cup, is booked for the ride on Brave Way in the £15,000 DM Hall 125th Anniversary Novices’ Chase. Having opened her account as an amateur in 2011, Blackmore has become a household name after landing the 2021 Grand National aboard Minella Times and this year’s Gold Cup in March on A Plus Tard.
Brave Way carries the colours of locally-based Kenny Alexander - owner of Blackmore’s multiple Grade 1 partner Honeysuckle - and she is also the first Perth runner for Co Waterford trainer Henry De Bromhead.
Edinburgh Gin Ladies Day on Thursday is completely sold out with no “walk-ups” available on the day.
The first of seven races tomorrow is at 2.15pm – all live on Racing TV.
Mulqueen's spark of brilliance