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Jockey wins race after 28 years

Aberdeen Shrimper

The Man who sold the world
Aug 9, 2008
A Dorset dairy farmer has ended his 28-year losing streak as an amateur jockey by finally winning a race.

Even Anthony Knott's children poked fun at his efforts but the 44-year-old proved them wrong by romping to victory in the 2.30 at Wincanton in Somerset.

After achieving his lifelong ambition riding Wise Men Say, he is planning to

retire to concentrate on milking his cows in Sturminster Newton.

"I just literally cannot believe it," the father-of-three said.
"Everybody has been saying, 'It is a waste of time you doing that'," he added. "Even my children have been taking the Mickey out of me for months."
Mr Knott, who reportedly started out on the point-to-point circuit as a teenager, ran his final race last Thursday on his six-year-old mount, which had odds of 7-1.