AMATEUR jockey sensation Jamie Hamilton walked the course at Aintree with Grand National winner Ryan Mania, before both of their thrilling victories at the famous race meeting last week.
And the 18-year old has told the Hawick News that it wasn’t until he watched his friend ride into the history books on Saturday, that it finally sunk in he had also won there two days earlier.
Speaking after posting a 100-1 triumph in last Thursday’s John Smith’s Fox Hunters’ Chase aboard Tartan Snow, Jamie said: “It was a dream come true, but I couldn’t really believe it. It took a while to sunk in. It wasn’t until I was watching the National that I thought, no way, I won over those fences a couple of days earlier.”
And describing the day of his Aintree joy, Jamie, who is based with Malton flat trainer Richard Fahey, says he had only set his sights on making it round. He explained: “Ryan Mania walked the track and I wasn’t feel too bad, just thinking, ‘right, I’ve got to get round and ride over these fences.
“At the start I was fine and just wanted to get the horse into a rhythm and ride him like normal.”
The Hawick teenager says other jockeys had told him not to start riding until the horses cross the Melling Road before fences 13 and 14, and went on: “When we came back onto the main race course I was fifth or sixth and we’d been going flat out but were going well, and that’s when I thought I might be placed. At the second last we were third or fourth, then third, and I knew he would stay all the way. It was totally unreal, just class.”
And Jamie’s purple patch continued with a point-to-point win on Saturday.