Margaret Sexton Memorial Trophy - Cartmel Racecourse

Previous Winners

2016  Henry Brooke

2015  Keith and Helen Bowron

2014  Maurice Barnes

Margaret Sexton Memorial Trophy

Charlotte Jones had a meeting to remember at Cartmel over the Whit weekend when she partnered Lough Kent to win her first ever race and become the  third nominee to go forward as a potential winner of the Margaret Sexton Memorial Trophy for 2017.

The trophy and a £500 cash prize goes to the overall winner of the competition, awarded for outstanding achievement at Cartmel during the racing season, In addition, £250 is donated in the winner's name to both St Mary's Hospice and the British Thoroughbred Retraining Centre.

Charlotte is very much a local girl as she hails from Barrow-in-Furness and works for Cartmel trainer James Moffatt. Over the weekend, she collected three best turned out prizes from her 'day job' before taking to the saddle for only the eighth time and register her first win.

Not that it was a steering job either. Lough Kent looked anything but the winner jumping the last flight and even on the turn into the home straight looked destined to finish no better than third, but Charlotte galvanised the eight-year-old to storm home and win by just over a length.

Until Charlotte's win, which brought the house down such was the excitement, Brian Hughes had looked likely to collect the nomination for his hat-trick of winners.

Charlotte is the second first-time winning jockey to gain a nomination for this year's Award as James Bowen, who emulated his brother Sean by landing his first winner under Rules at Cartmel, was Saturday;s selection for his cool handling of Curious Carlos in the Swan Hotel And Spa Confined Handicap Hurdle.

The nominee from the meeting on Bank Holiday Monday was trainer Andrew Nicholls, who saddled first and second in what looked a very competitive maiden hunter chase.