Rachel tipped for bright future in Easterby’s yard

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Filey’s Rachel Richardson is being tipped for a bright future after making a huge impression in the world of horse racing.

The upcoming apprentice has been catching the eye with a trio of recent victories riding out of Tim Easterby’s Great Habton yard.

Twenty-three-year-old Rachel scooped a recent double on Fast Shot at Ripon and Pontefract, then she won at Pontefract on another of Easterby’s charges Maven.

She has been given another outing this weekend at York when she bids to add to her growing tally on another stablemate in Ventura Mist.

This will be in the Betbright Charity Sprint over six furlongs, worth £100,000.

The former Filey School pupil said: “Tim has been great to me, he gives me a lot of opportunities.

“I just hope to keep progressing and ride as many winners as I can.

“I’m jocked up to ride in a very valuable sprint at York on Saturday on a horse called Ventura Mist, which is something I’m really looking forward to.”

Fast Shot and Maven are the two horses that will always have a place in Rachel’s heart, as they earned her original success.

She added: “The two horses that will always stay in my mind are Fast Shot and Maven though.

“They have given me my best days in my career so far, but I’m very lucky to be in the position I’m in.

“I won my first race on Fast Shot in my first ride on him. It was also my first ride in a Class Two race, which was a valuable one.”

Rachel has progressed quickly since grabbing her opportunity to become an apprentice three years ago.

She added: “I was good at showjumping when a friend of mine got me involved in the racing side of things.

“I’m a third-year apprentice now with Tim Easterby and I’m really enjoying it.

“You have to work hard at it because your trainer has got to have confidence in you.

“I just want to keep riding the horses and keep going with what I’m doing.”