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Thursday 26 April 2018

True grit . . . jockey Katie's photo-finish win

A PORTRAIT of jump jockey Katie Walsh taken moments after the end of a race has won a top photography prize.

The picture, by Spencer Murphy, was taken at Kempton Park racecourse in England as part of a campaign advertising Channel 4's coverage of racing.

The 35-year-old photographer, from Kent, accepted the £12,000 (€14,200) Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize at an event at the National Portrait Gallery in London last night.

Explaining how he took the picture, he said: "I pulled in the jockeys as they finished their races. I wanted to show both her femininity and the toughness of spirit she requires to compete against the best riders in one of the most demanding disciplines in horse racing."

Irish Independent

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