Seevic student and amateur jockey Georgina wins first ever race ‘under rules’
Wednesday, 27 May 2015
Seevic College student and amateur jockey Georgina Friswell has triumphed with her first ever race win ‘under rules’ at Chelmsford City Race Course.
Seventeen-year-old Georgina, from Ramsden Heath near Billericay, rode 16-1 shot Power Up to victory by three lengths at the Great Leighs circuit on Tuesday 12 May.
Georgina, who began riding ponies aged nine and has been race-riding as an amateur for 12 months, celebrated with friends and family after sealing her first ever victory in just her eighth race ‘under rules’.
Speaking after the race, Georgina said: “At first I couldn’t believe I had won, I don’t think it really sunk in until about 12 hours afterwards.
“Instead of thinking about the other horses during the race I stayed calm and I think that’s what made the difference. We celebrated afterwards by having a meal at the racecourse. Everyone was really excited, the atmosphere was brilliant.”
Georgina received her amateur licence in February 2014, after successfully completing fitness and race-riding tests, and travels to Newmarket each Saturday - as soon as the sun comes up - in order to train.
Georgina is currently part way through studying A-Levels in Business Studies, Law and Psychology at the College located in Runnymede Chase, Benfleet.
Her long-term ambition, once she has successfully completed her studies, is to secure a position as an apprentice jockey before going professional in her chosen sport.
Georgina adds: “At the moment I am prioritising my exams and trying to keep a balance between College and racing. It’s been my dream to be a professional jockey since 2009 and I am hoping that the more races I do well in, the more rides I will get.”
Georgina’s win caps a year of sporting success for the Friswells. Georgina’s brother Harrison, 18, who is also a student at Seevic College, was part of the College’s rugby team that finished runners up in the national NatWest Schools Cup at Twickenham in March.
Georgina belongs to the Essex Racing Club and has received tuition from the British Racing School and Jane Chapple-Hyam Racing in Newmarket.
Seevic College offers one of the most successful college sports programmes in the country. To find out more visit www.seevic-college.ac.uk/sixth-form/sport