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Jones to make homeland debut at Newbury
16 Jul 2016

English-Kiwi jockey Anna Jones is set to realise a dream in the early hours of tomorrow morning when she dons silks for her first raceday ride in her homeland.

Jones, the winner of 90 races over the past three years as an apprentice with Matamata trainer Karen Fursdon, takes the mount on two-year-old first starter Spinnaker Bay, scheduled to run in the second race at Newbury at 1.30 New Zealand time on Saturday morning.

After growing up near England’s historic Newmarket racing centre, Jones found her way to New Zealand, initially to work in the yearling yard at Kevin Hickman’s Valachi Downs. She grabbed the chance to sign on with Fursdon and within months had opened her account, appropriately on the Hickman-owned Sir Elmo at Te Teko in June, 2013.

As the owner of Spinnaker Bay, Hickman is again the common denominator. Mixing a month’s holiday with family and friends, Jones had hopes to take a raceday ride or two during her sojourn and is now set to line up against the likes of champion jockeys Ryan Moore and Frankie Dettori.

Spinnaker Bay is rated a 14-to-one chance by bookmakers, but no matter where Jones finishes on the William Jarvis-trained filly, she will cherish the landmark moment forever.   

Dennis Ryan

The Informant