Traditionally the last meeting of the jumps season throws up a high profile event at Market Rasen.
Sadly with the new season starting just 24 hours later and no summer break these days that impact is downgraded. However a highlight of the afternoon meeting on Saturday was the presentation to Scottish jockey Lucy Alexander of the Conditional Jockeys Championship, awarded for the 2012-13 season for her fantastic 38 winners in the season. Lucy is the first female rider to take the title.
Alexander, 22, is already the most successful female National Hunt jockey of all time, and she won almost exactly 10 per cent of her 381 races this year, as well as prize money approaching £250,000.
The feat is all the more remarkable because she had had five weeks of the season out with a broken collarbone and a week out with concussion.
A conditional jockey is jump racing’s equivalent of an apprentice in flat racing. A conditional jockey can “claim” a weight allowance of 7lbs until they have 20 wins, 5lbs until 40 wins and 3lbs until 75 wins.
Nicky Henderson was champion trainer and, yet again, AP McCoy Champion jockey.