Margaret Sexton Memorial Trophy - Cartmel Racecourse

Previous Winners

2016  Henry Brooke

2015  Keith and Helen Bowron

2014  Maurice Barnes

Margaret Sexton Memorial Trophy

Owner Varlien Vyner-Brooks became the seventh nominee for this year's Margaret Sexton Trophy, which is awarded for an outstanding contribution to the season at Cartmel.

Each day of racing produces a new nomination with the overall winner being chosen from the list and Mr Vyner-Brooks was chosen after filling two roles in the same afternoon.

First he was seen as a winning owner when Think Ahead landed the opening Bill McClure Maiden Hurdle and he followed that by turned up as the presenting sponsor after the Kintail Holiday Cottage Handicap Chase won by Wisty.

A great supporter of racing at Cartmel, his own horse Fantasy King was among the runners in the race he sponsored, while he is co-owner of course specialist Altruism, who had won Cartmel's most valuable race of the season, the Cumbria Crystal Cup on the Saturday.

Mr Vyner-Brooks joins the Slack/Sayer family, who were nominated on the Saturday of the Barbecue Meeting following the victory of Beeno in the Banks Lyon Jewellers Lady Jockeys Handicap Hurdle.

The July nominees now a list which contains June winners James Moffatt for his one-two with Lough Kent and Captain Brown in the featured Ron Wadey Is Now 70 Handicap Hurdle and owner Ian Barran, whose long-standing dream of a Cartmel winner finally came true thanks to the veteran Alderbrook Lad in the valuable Oakmere Homes Handicap Chase; Charlotte Jones for her brilliant first win on Lough Kent in May; James Bowen, who rode his first ever winner on the opening day of the season at Cartmel and trainer Andrew Nicholls, who saddled first and second in what looked a very competitive maiden hunter chase on Bank Holiday Monday.

The nominees for this year’s award will be hoping to succeed jockey Henry Brooke, who won it in 2016 for his brilliant ride on Altruism when a mistake forced him to ride from two out without irons and he only just failed to get up an win.

The eventual winner receives a cheque for £500 with a further £250 donated to both St Mary’s Hospice at Ulverston and the British Thoroughbred Retraining Centre in the name of the winner.