A SLIGO jockey whose cousin won the Grand National a fortnight ago landed his own win on an English race track last night, Wednesday.
Local punters made a few bob too as they fancied the 8/1 ''Civil Unrest'' at Sedgefield in Durham (UK).
Steven Fox duly guided him home in the 8pm Macmillan Cancer Support Centre Handicap Hurdle.
Fox had chased down another Irish horse, the early race leader and 3/1 favourite ''Oh So Gigolo,'' into second place. See below.
win softened the blow as, earlier yesterday evening at Sedgewick,
Steven Fox was beaten into second place on 2/1 favourite ''Leading
Yesterday even seemed as if it might not be Fox's day as his mount ''Multipede'' finished third at 7/1 in an earlier race.
He rode his first-ever winner on the big race track in July 2011, at Sligo.
Only a fortnight ago his cousin Derek Fox won the Aintree Grand National on 14/1 shot ''One For Arthur.''
Trained by Lucinda Russell, it was the first Scottish winner in nearly four decades -- since ''Rubstic'' in 1979.
Fox missed the big race on April 8th as he was riding at Newcastle for
the James Ewart stable, another of Scotland's big trainers.
But he later tweeted footage from the weigh-in room there as he and the other jockeys cheered his brother to victory at Aintree.
Both jockeys started their race track careers with horses trained by Noel Kelly and uncle Mark McNiff.
Grand National winner recalled last week in ''The Irish Field''
newspaper how he'd join his jump ponies before school in the yard of
Indeed there might have no
Grand National success if Steven -- then working for trainer Lucinda
Russell -- hadn't persuaded his cousin to move from Sligo to Scotland.
''He advised me to take the plunge,'' a prophetic piece of advice, if ever.
future 'National' success had a real Sligo-sounding winner on his very
first day in English racing -- ''The Friary'' running at Hexham in
Last Sunday evening, Derek Fox's
2017 Aintree success was accorded civic honour in his hometown by the
Cathaoirleach of Sligo County Council, Hubert Keaney.
Links: See Sligo Today 17/4/2017 and http://www.irishracing.com/result?prn=Sedgefield&prc=051&prd=201704192000
See also Sligo Today 9/4/2017