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AGA ladies shine as Team GB are triumphant at inaugural International point-to-point meeting in Ireland


AGA ladies shine as Team GB are triumphant at inaugural International point-to-point meeting in Ireland

Race Jockeys are pictured with an AGA

A team of top amateur UK lady riders were in Ireland on Friday 24th May to represent their country by competing in an AGA sponsored international point-to-point challenge race against a team of talented lady riders from Ireland. The "AGA 6-Y-O & upwards Mares 'Claiming' Maiden (Lady Riders)" was run as part of the inaugural "Tattersalls International Point-to-Point", and attracted a bumper field of 21 runners. This ensured that the race had to be divided, with two divisions being run, although our AGA ladies were not complaining as this gave them the opportunity to ride in two races, instead of the anticipated one.

The first division of the race produced some sparkling performances in the saddle from Team GB, with three of the four team members scoring points. Gina Andrews, riding Connemara Kate for Jariath P. Fahey won the race, Jane Williams was second riding Gibbstown, while Jacqueline Coward was fourth riding Mothers Tree. This gave the UK a lead of 21-0 going into the second division.

This proved to be a bridge too far for Team Ireland, and although they won the second division of the race the winning rider - Aine Dagg (riding her first ever winner), was not part of their team. A fourth place for Jane Williams riding Herdeacey added an additional 3 points to Team GB's total and the final score was 24-12, giving Team GB a resounding victory, and prompting immediate calls for a rematch in the UK next year.

There were joyous scenes in the winner's enclosure with plenty of Union flags in evidence as the ladies celebrated with friends, family and supporters who had made the trip over to cheer them on. AGA Home Business manager David Simpson was joined by Neil Walsh - Head of Bloodstock at Tattersalls Ireland, and Lucy Tucker from The Point-to-Point Authority to present the winning team with mementoes. Fittingly this took place next to an AGA draped with a Union flag, with the girls proudly wearing their Team GB jackets. Team GB were also triumphant in the challenge race for gentlemen riders, winning both divisions to secure a 32-13 victory.

Race Jockeys are pictured with an AGA

David Simpson, AGA's Home Business Manager - known throughout the point-to-point community (and now in Ireland) as the 'AGA man', says "This was a well deserved victory against a very strong Irish team and it's fantastic that three of the lady riders in action today are in the running to win this year's AGA Championship, which will be decided at Stratford racecourse on Friday 7th June."

Gina Andrews, top Team GB point's scorer and potential AGA champion, says "I am really proud to have been given the opportunity to represent my country and I'm thrilled with my win, we would love the Irish team to come over to the UK for a rematch next year."

There was a prize giving reception at Tattersalls Country House following racing on Friday, and this was sponsored by the KAL Group (a member of the Gowan Group of companies), who are the exclusive distributor of AGA cookers in Ireland.

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