CHARLIE Poste has his sights firmly set success at both Cheltenham Festival and Ascot after being crowned Jockey of the Month following a triumphant win at Warwick Racecourse.
The Warwickshire jockey defied the odds to hurtle towards a 20-1 success and win by three and three-quarter lengths in the Betfred Classic Chase.
The brilliant win happened on board Russe Blanc and was almost thwarted after a loose horse running wide on the course saw Poste’s saddle slip during the £60,000 race – which is Warwick’s biggest.
Now Charlie’s cool handling has seen him awarded the prestigious Stobart Jockey of the Month title, after his determined battle for victory was recognised by the public who voted for him to receive the accolade in collaboration with Channel 4 Racing.
And the success at the prominent long distance race is one that Charlie is confident will put him in good stead for the rest of the season.
“Although I have already had around five successes at various races this year, to have won the Classic Chase is a significant achievement as historically it has been won by some very good horses,” said Charlie, who is sponsored by ehB Residential.
“Currently, weather permitting, I am racing most days so I am hoping the Warwick Racecourse win will set the trend for the rest of the season as I prepare for more high profile races including Ascot and the Cheltenham Festival.
“To have received national recognition from public the UK over for the victory is really the icing on the cake of the season so far – it is so rewarding to see everyone’s hard work come to fruition.
Leamington Spa-based residential and lettings agency ehB have backed Charlie for the past three seasons and the company’s managing director, Edward Bromwich, said Charlie more than deserved his award.
He added: “Charlie has been a consistently good jockey throughout the three seasons we have sponsored him, which has seen ehB’s brand receive coverage across a range of both local and national television and press.
“The success at Warwick Racecourse – despite the odds being stacked against him – was a fantastic win and it is great to share in his success. We look forward to continuing to support him over the course of the rest of the season and beyond, with hopefully plenty more wins.”
The next race taking place at Warwick Racecourse is the Horse & Hound Warwickshire Air Ambulance Raceday on March 13. For more information visit http://warwick.thejockeyclub.co.uk/.