Ryan had 7 rides as an amateur last year including winning on Hab Reeh at Hamilton but unfortunately Ryan is built to play Rugby not be a jockey and hadn't intended to ride again on the track.
However with his licence due to expire at the end of June and a lifelong ambition to ride a his local track, York, Ryan asked me (Ruth) if we had anything that he could ride (and do the weight for) in the gentleman amateur riders race!
It was decided that San Cassiano would be a suitable horse for the race if his owners were agreeable. Stan was entered and Ryan prayed for the rain to stop.
A couple of dry days left the ground as good to soft but still too easy for Stan on all his previous winning form. Ryan said he was more excited to ride at York than he was for his first ride at Hamilton and although we'd talked about holding him up if there was going to be plenty of pace when Ryan came to the paddock it appeared that no one else wanted to go forward so we reverted back to Stan's usual racing style of making the running.
To none racing folk making the running may look easy but judging pace is definitely not! Stan jumped out of stalls well and Ryan tracked him across from his outside draw and set a sensible gallop. Turning for home they were still going well and the other runners were starting to work in behind. A furlong out we're still in front with Ryan and Stan fending off the challengers to win by half a length. It was a dream come try for Ryan to ride a winner at York Racecourse, just a stones throw from where he lives! For me and the rest of the team at Mowbray winners at York are very special and to have a winner ridden by one of the team was a fairtale.