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Dodson & Horrell PPORA Novice Riders’ Series Qualifier #2 Winners: Jamie Hepburn & Robin De Boss

Robin De Boss (Jamie Hepburn) lead Jac The Legend (Brian Carver) up the hill at Chipley Park to score in the Dodson & Horrell PPORA Novice Riders’  Race                          photo courtesy & copyright Athwenna Irons

Riding to work through Hyde Park on a bike with no saddle forms part of jockey Jamie Hepburn’s weekday fitness regime – and in stamina sapping conditions at Chipley Park neither Jamie  nor his equine counterpart were found wanting at the end of the three mile contest

Out jumping the bold front-running Mic’s Delight (Jennifer Davenport) three from home,  Jamie and Robin De Boss found were pressed hard for the lead by Jac The Legend and Bryan Carver, but dug deep to better their pursuer by a length and a half at the line

Trained by Jamie’s mother Jo, Chair at Wincanton racecourse, Robin de Boss runs in the colours of  the Felton, Foulkes, Hepburn and Summucks Partnership.  Amongst this group  of family and friends is Jamie’s grandfather Billy Foulkes who has a place in the amateur racing history books as the rider of the 1962 Aintree Foxhunters’ winner Dominion

A new ride for Jamie this season, Robin De Boss was bought at Doncaster Sales having previously been in the care of Tommy Morgan (for whom he’d claimed one win and 3 second placings last term)

“He came through the ring at the end of the day and we snapped him. He’s really easy and genuine, the perfect weekend rider’s horse” enthused Jamie a true grassroots amateur, whose celebration of his third win between the flags was curtailed by the need to catch a train to London where he works for Central European energy group EHP in London throughout the week


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