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22-year-old female jockey makes British horse racing history

Lizzie Kelly rode Tea for Two to the Kauto Star Novices’ Chase at Kempton.

Kempton Park Races - William Hill Winter Festival - Day One Kelly celebrating her win. Simon Cooper Simon Cooper

LIZZIE KELLY BECAME the first female jockey to claim victory in a British Grade One chase be winning the Kauto Star Novices’ Chase at Kempton this afternoon.

On board 9/4 shot Tea for Two, which is owned by her mother Jane and trained by her stepfather Nick Williams, 22-year-old Kelly saw off competition from Southfield Royale (11/2) and 6/4 favourite Native River.

It’s awesome,” she said afterwards. ”I’m absolutely delighted. To do it on this horse is fantastic as we are so proud of him and he’s shown everyone what he’s worth.

“Two out I thought ‘we’re going to win the Feltham here’. It’s some feeling, he outjumped them and has some turn of foot. He’s awesome.”

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