Nicola rides at Ascot

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Arran jockey Nicola Currie was in action at Royal Ascot last week.

The event is one of the major horse racing occasions of the year but was this year held under strict conditions behind closed doors following the controversy over the Cheltenham Festival going ahead in the days before lockdown.

Nicola’s main race was the Royal Hunt Cup in which she rode Raising Sand to a respectable eighth place in a 23-strong field. But she did not fare so well on Brains, finishing well down the field in the Silver Royal Hunt Cup Handicap.

Meanwhile, the aptly named Prince of Arran, which has no connection to the island but is followed by some enthusiasts, was well beaten by Stradivarius in the main event, the Gold Cup, finishing sixth.