first_imgMarina in full flow at Fairyhouse.A Donegal woman who hadn’t ridden in a horse race in 20 years almost pulled off the comeback of a lifetime.Former jockey Marina Hamilton rolled back the years at the weekend after deciding to get back into the saddle to fulfil the dream of a lifetime.St Johnston woman Marina led the field up the home straight at Fairyhouse on Saturday before being edged out into third. She was riding the Willie McCreary trained horse Monte Wildhorn in a charity race for MS.It was first time Marina, well-known as a local artist, had ridden on a professional track.She cut her teeth on the local horse racing circuit, retiring nearly 20 years ago.“To be honest I’m still on a high, said Marina”. “I got a dream spin on Monte I was hoping to finish in the top 6 but never expected to lead and then get popped into third by a short head”“The winner was an odds on shot and I was 16 to 1 so the crowd of supporters I had with me got rewarded for making the long journey”“There was a bus load from Radio Foyle where my husband works and they had a great day out.”As it turned out Marina was the oldest rider in the race and finished ahead of another Donegal jockey Thomas McGettigan.She picked up a trophy afterwards. “It was one of the best days of my life and it was great to be able to raise two thousand euro for such a worthy cause, MS”“My licence runs for 18 months so who knows I may get a chance to ride in another charity race,“I really want to thank all those who sponsored me and those who made it happen including Donal Diver and his boss Willie McCreary.”MARINA PROVES SHE STILL HAS PLENTY OF HORSE SENSE AFTER 20 YEARS! was last modified: February 26th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:artistdonegalhorse racingMarina HamiltonSt Johnstonlast_img