The Young ones at Brighton
Last Updated: July 2, 2013 6:34pm
She has an awfully long way to go to from a Brighton handicap, but Young Jackie is managing a passable impression of her famous half-brother Young Mick and she continued her progress under 19-year-old apprentice Jordan Vaughan.
Young Mick was one of the very best horses George Margarson has ever trained, going on to make his mark in valuable middle-distance handicaps after losing his maiden tag in a lowly claimer at Wolverhampton in 2006.
The newer member in the Kentish family's ownership is five already and also got off the mark at Dunstall Park in January before adding three further victories, all but one of which have been under Liverpudlian Vaughan.
Young Jackie (6/1) came down the middle of the track in the Catering Services International Handicap and held on by a length and a half from 6-4 favourite Beacon Lady, whose rider Nicole Nordblad lost a little shine from her exemplary course record by picking a wider spot.
"She's similar in a way to Young Mick as they both got better and better as they got older," said Margarson's daughter and assistant, Katie.
"Young Mick started off a mark of 54 and got to over 100. I'm not saying that will happen with her, but she's a late improver."
Vaughan said: "I only started at George's last September so I didn't get to sit on Young Mick, but she has given me three winners from my six so far.
"I wanted to ride horses when I was 14 but we couldn't afford it so I went and worked at a local riding school so I could ride them for free. Then I went to the British Racing School and George has been really good to me."