Kiplingcotes Derby 2016

Driffield’s Sophie Cavanagh made her Kiplingcotes Derby debut last Thursday taking a credible fifth place.

Riding on her 11-year-old gelding, Kayfrou, she competed against 11 other riders from Etton to Londesborough Wold Farm, near Middleton-on-the-Wolds. After making her debut last week, Sophie, 28, told the Wolds Weekly of her experience.

“It was all a bit crazy but it was absolutely brilliant,” she said. “The first part of the race was flat so you just go hell for leather and then after that you have to pick your way through the mud at the top of the hill.

“I’ve had a little bit of experience in racing but it was still quite daunting but Kayfrou luckily was nice and calm which helped and I lost all my nerves at the start.

“I’ve had him for two years now and he had previous experience at Brian Ellinson’s racing yard having been an ex-chaser,

“He was the only reason I did it really as I did showing on him last year so didn’t wanna turn him away over winter.

“I needed a plan so I thought about the Derby and trained with him from October until last Monday.

“My legs were absolutely killing me the day after but I’m going to do it again next year but hopefully will finish higher.

”The famous race has now taken place 497 times and consists of four miles over flat ground and rugged terrain.

Sophie also infamously took another of her horses, Alfie, into the Buck pub on Market Place last month. She clearly has the taste for further flat racing and is looking forward to competing in further events.

“I’m planning on competing in the Newmarket Town Plate, which is two straight miles over flat ground,” she added. “Providing Kayfrou is sound, I will run that with him, too. “I’d like to go and do some flat racing in Scotland, too, as I won’t be going back into jumping as I’d love to be a point to point jockey.”

Sophie also hinted of her dream at performing at the recent Cheltenham Festival. “It would be amazing to reach that stage and hopefully I can emulate Victoria Pendleton.”

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