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Jockey dislocates her shoulder, pops it back in, wins her first Cheltenham race

Harriet Tucker had an eventful final few furlongs.

Tucker celebrates after the race.
Tucker celebrates after the race.
Image: David Davies

AS IF WINNING a race at the Cheltenham festival wasn’t hard enough, jockey Harriet Tucker went through a gamut of emotions to ride Pacha Du Polder victory in the Foxhunter Chase this afternoon.

A point-to-point specialist, Tucker was making just her second start under rules as she partnered last year’s winner of this race to back-to-back victories.

However, if the climax of the race not thrilling enough in its own right — Tucker chased down 50/1 shot Top Wood who had made all the running — it emerged afterwards she had done so with a dislocated shoulder.

She said after the race:

“My shoulder half dislocates when I reach it too high.

Coming up to the second last it half-dislocated. And I couldn’t push it back in so I couldn’t slap him on the shoulder to get him to go forwards.

“I was pushing and praying that no one was going to beat me because I couldn’t hit him anymore with my right hand.

“I had to keep pushing and screaming at him and got there.”

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