Waltham jockey Kelly Morgan wins Midlands point-to-point double

Waltham rider Kelly Morgan with Lough Inch EMN-150518-092915002
Waltham rider Kelly Morgan with Lough Inch EMN-150518-092915002

Waltham rider Kelly Morgan has capped a remarkable season for her family yard by capturing two Midlands point-to-point championships.

Kelly (24) clinched the Leading Lady Rider prize along with the Novice Rider Championship at the final Midlands meeting, the Melton Hunts Club.

The crowning moment came at Garthorpe, just a handful of miles down the road from their Waltham base, and was sealed, fittingly, aboard Lough Inch, the star turn trained by her brother Tom.

Victory in the Midlands Area Club race was the fourth win of the season at Garthorpe for Kelly and Lough, and Kelly’s fifth, all but ensuring she could not be caught by second-placed Lottie Crane.

Kelly said: “We have had an awesome season. I only had three horses to ride so I went into the season not knowing what was going to come along.

“I knew Lough Inch was quite special, but I didn’t expect to go unbeaten on him.

“It’s absolutely fantastic. I only do it for pleasure – I’m not trying to make a living out of it.”

Tom’s partner Liz Harris bought Lough Inch four years ago from the stable of legendary jockey and trainer Jonjo O’Neill.

But it has not been an entirely smooth ride for their new wonder horse.

The eight-year-old missed all of last season when a kick from a stable-mate left him with a fractured splint bone.

Kelly, who runs Johnny Weatherby’s Preston Lodge stables, added: “I think the injury was a blessing in disguise because it gave him a season just to recuperate and grow.

“We had him as a five-turning-six-year-old and he was very weak, but he really strengthened up last year.”

As well as Kelly and Tom, big sister Laura has also adopted the Morgan training genes from mum Carol.

Laura is about to return to the area to work as assistant trainer at Chris Bealby’s Barrowby yard having spent five seasons working for Jonjo O’Neill.

With such shared interests under one roof, you may expect a degree of sibling rivalry, but instead family harmony and co-operation has paid dividends.

Victory for Tulsa in the Four, Five and Six-Year-olds Open Maiden race capped a double for Tom and Liz at the Melton Hunts Club meet and took their season tally to 10.

It is a track record and reputation which has helped to attract new owners and a growing stable of eight horses.

Kelly said: “It’s just nice to ride winners for my brother. We are quite similar in our way of thinking.

“Tom started off training with two horses. He’s always been very good at what he does, but this season it’s flown.”