Unknown jockey, 16, leaves punters speechless with first ever ride that was like 'buying money' | The Sun

AN UNKNOWN 16-year-old jockey won his first ever race by 27 lengths in a devastating performance that left punters in awe.

Fred Daly was not for catching on the Sir Mark Prescott-trained Golden Shot.

The four-year-old gelding made a mockery of his rivals in the 1m6f amateur jockeys' handicap race at Ffos Las in Wales under an expert ride.

Sent off the 8-11 fav, Golden Shot, who was winning for the fourth time in six races since September last year, bolted up the straight to claim the £4,867 first-place prize.

Daly, whose dad Declan was at the track cheering him home, looked every inch the seasoned pro.

He could have got into a duel when headed by Thefastnthecurious around the home turn.

But Daly bided his time and judged his finish to perfection, ultimately leaving Thefastnthecurious some 44-and-a-half lengths behind.

The teenage jockey said afterwards 'I had no idea how far clear I was!' while his proud dad said: "I'm very pleased.

"It was a very cool ride, I'm over the moon.

"I must thank Sir Mark, he's done a great job of looking after Fred."

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One punter noted the horse was available at 4-5 and that backing him had been like 'buying money'.

Another commenting on Daly's skill in the saddle wrote: "Brilliant! Love Golden Shot and what a great way to start your race-riding career."

Asked where we could see his boy racing next, Declan said: "We'll have to wait and see."

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