Gloucestershire

Cheltenham retired jockey Mark Caswell says win 'a dream'

Mark Caswell
Image caption Mark Caswell retired from horse racing in 1987

A retired National Hunt jockey from Gloucestershire has said his first win in 25 years was "a dream of a ride".

Mark Caswell, who now works as a pest controller, last raced in 1987 but came out of retirement for a charity ride at Cheltenham Racecourse on Saturday.

"It's a dream come true," said Mr Caswell, who won aboard Martin Keighley's Sky Calling in the one mile five furlong Greatwood Charity Race.

It was run on day two of The Showcase, an October meeting at the racecourse.

The Greatwood Charity Race is an all out flat race that features up to 12 jockeys raising funds for the charity's work with retired racehorses.

Trainer Mr Keighley, from Condicote, said it was clear to see the retired jockey had "not lost it".

Mr Caswell took the prize just ahead of Paul Nicholls' wife Georgie, who was riding Saint Roque which is trained by her husband.

Before the race, Mr Caswell said he underwent a "serious fitness programme" to get in condition for the race.

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