Gina Andrews & Tom Ellis Racing
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Gina Andrews has a background steeped in point-to-pointing. Father Simon rode 170 winners in points and landed the 1988 Aintree Foxhunters on Newnham and mother Joanna was also a successful rider on the East Anglian scene. “I sat on my first pony – Cleo – when I was three,” Gina recalls. “She was horrible. I always had ponies that no one else could ride,” she admitted. “You don’t learn properly on a ‘push-button’ horse, you get good by riding the bad ones!”
Tom’s riding career? While less high profile a jockey than Gina, he has ridden “about 135” winners in points and is best known for his association with the Fred Hutsby stable stars Penmore Mill – “I’ve won 14 on him” – and Rash Move, whose third in the 2013 Aintree Foxhunters is Tom’s career highlight to date.
Cheltenham Festival win
Gina Andrews and Domesday Book sprung a 40/1 shock in the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Chase, the final race on day three at the Cheltenham Festival.
The Stuart Edmunds-trained seven-year-old got up close home to deny top-weight Pendra (16/1), who appeared set to give owner JP McManus another winner.
Premier Bond and Sam Waley-Cohen also stayed on strongly to fill third at 9/1 ahead of Potters Legend (10/1) and Mall Dini, with the front five covered by no more than a couple of lengths after three-and-a-quarter gruelling miles.