HORSE RACING: Ex-Grantham school student Amelia wins first race in USA

Amelia Green
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A former pupil from Walton Girls’ School is making waves in the world of horse racing.

On leaving school, 20-year-old Amelia Green of Thoroton, near Bingham attended the British Racing School in Newmarket and made an instant impression on leading jockey coach Frank Condon, a well known figure in the horse racing industry.

Condon suggested she approached the late Sir Henry Cecil at Warren Place. Despite the calibre of the stables and Amelia’s inexperience, Sir Henry offered her a trial and took her on as an apprentice jockey.

Amelia completed three years’ work, riding alongside greats like Frankel and many Group One winners.

Following Sir Henry’s death last year, she moved to the USA for the winter and has been based at the Santa Anita racetrack near Los Angeles. She won her first race at nearby Hollywood Park in December, riding three-year-old gelding Twin Six.

The race was all the more special as it was one of the last to be held at the historic track, famous for horses like Sea Biscuit, which is due to close after 75 years of racing.

Amelia is set to return to the UK at the end of this month when she will become apprentice jockey to trainer Clive Cox in Lambourn, near Hungerford.