Monday 16 July 2018

Watch: Harriet Tucker incredibly overcomes dislocated shoulder to win the Foxhunter's with Pacha Du Polder

Pacha Du Polder ridden by jockey Harriet Tucker goes on to win the St. James's Place Foxhunter Challenge Cup Open Hunters' Chase during Gold Cup Day of the 2018 Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse.
Pacha Du Polder ridden by jockey Harriet Tucker goes on to win the St. James's Place Foxhunter Challenge Cup Open Hunters' Chase during Gold Cup Day of the 2018 Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse.

Ashley Iveson

Harriet Tucker performed an amazing feat in the saddle at Cheltenham as she overcame a dislocated shoulder to guide Pacha Du Polder to a repeat success in the St James's Place Foxhunter Challenge Cup Open Hunters' Chase.

The 11-year-old, trained by Paul Nicholls, jumped into the lead at the final fence, but Tucker - who was having just her second ride under rules - appeared in some trouble up the run-in and she confirmed on dismounting she had been forced to pop her shoulder back into place at the same time as striving for victory.

Long-time leader Top Wood rallied close home, but Pacha Du Polder would not be denied as he stuck on stoutly to score by a neck.

Barrel Of Laughs and Cousin Pete dead-heated for third place, three and a quarter lengths away.

Tucker said: "My shoulder half-dislocates sometimes when I reach it too high and coming up to the second-last, it half-dislocated and I couldn't push it back in, so I couldn't slap him down the shoulder to get him to go forward.

"I was pushing and praying that no one was going to beat me because I couldn't hit him any more with my right hand, so I just had to keep pushing and screaming at him and he just got there."

Nicholls said: "I'm really proud. Harriet was only having her second start under rules.

"He's had a lot of problems this year, but this is just a fantastic moment.

"Andy (Stewart, owner) just leaves it to me (to pick a jockey). I said to Harriet at the start of the season, 'we will get you on Pacha and you will have a day you will never forget'."

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