Lee lands Newcastle treble
Friday 17 August 2012
Graham Lee celebrated his first treble on the Flat since switching from the jumps with a hat-trick at Newcastle.
The Grand National-winning jockey struck on favourites Discression (5-2), White Nile (6-5) and Caskelena (11-8), all for different trainers, to complete a 17-1 hat-trick.
Lee's spree began on Discression for Kevin Ryan in the JN Bentley's 40th Anniversary Handicap. He then landed the two divisions of the Fastflow Pipeline Services Maiden on the David Simcock-trained White Nile and on Caskelena from Sir Michael Stoute's stable.
"It's a privilege to ride a winner for Sir Michael Stoute. I'd never ridden for him before. She (Caskelena) did it well," Lee told At The Races.
"It's my first treble on the Flat - happy days. Things are good and I'm really enjoying it. I'm thankful for the chances I'm getting and to the trainers who are supporting me."
Lee has now had 45 winners since becoming a fully-fledged Flat jockey in April. He decided to make the switch in March after suffering a fall over fences at Southwell a month earlier.
Successful in the Grand National in 2004 on the Ginger McCain-trained Amberleigh House, he also rode five Cheltenham Festival winners, including a treble in 2005 on Inglis Drever, No Refuge and Arcalis.
Lee has quickly established himself among the Flat ranks and enjoyed an important triumph on Hawkeyethenoo in the Stewards' Cup at Glorious Goodwood for Scottish trainer Jim Goldie.