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Gina Andrews celebrates with Foxhunters’ hero Latenightpass

Gina Andrews guided Latenightpass to glory in the Randox Foxhunters’ Open Hunters’ Chase over the Grand National fences at Aintree.

Andrews, a record-breaking point-to-point rider, had the nine-year-old – who was second 12 months ago – up in contention right from the start.

She was tracking last year’s winner Cousin Pascal, with Cat Tiger never far away as the first three from 2021 looked set to dominate again.

After Jett, the short-priced favourite based on his efforts in last year’s National, could not get his own way from early on not many got into contention.

One who did arrive late on the scene was Porlock Bay, a winner at last year’s Cheltenham Festival but he could only manage third.

All smiles for Gina Andrews
All smiles for Gina Andrews (PA)

It was Cousin Pascal who wilted first, but on jumping the last Cat Tiger and his owner/rider David Maxwell appeared to be travelling the best.

However, Latenightpass (7-2), running for the first time since a wind operation, kept up the gallop to provide Andrews’ husband Tom Ellis with the most notable success of his career.

Andrews said: “He was absolutely super, he just takes to it so well for whatever reason. He was so nimble, he is by no means the most scopey, just agile and so nimble.

“You have to get a good start, they always say you can’t win the race at the start but you can lose it. He was brilliant all the way round, no mistakes, I’m just delighted.

“It’s an absolute dream. He took to it like an absolute dream last year so we missed Cheltenham this year and he was a much fresher horse. I’m so pleased.”

Ellis said: “Dad and I got bored when mum was away and we went to see a neighbour and got the mare. I think we gave £2,000 for her, I rode her a few times and she won three races and got injured.

Latenightpass was brilliant over the Grand National fences
Latenightpass was brilliant over the Grand National fences (Tim Goode/PA)

“This horse was the first foal we’ve ever bred, so we’ve literally done everything with him from the word go and I can’t tell you what it means – it’s magical.

“We came so close last year. I’ve been good friend with Dan Skelton since school and the first thing he said to me was don’t go to Cheltenham next year and you’ll win – what a piece of advice!

“We felt we’d left our Aintree race at Cheltenham last year and coming here fresh this year has definitely paid off. The plan has come together, which is amazing.

“We have lots of winners point-to-pointing every weekend and Gina rides them all, but to see your wife win the race of her dreams on a horse you’ve bred and trained, it’s absolutely amazing.

“This is as emotional as I’ve ever been – I’m speechless.”

Gina Andrews faces six weeks on sidelines

Gina Andrews faces up to six weeks on the sidelines because of the injuries she sustained in a fall at Cheltenham on Friday.

Leading amateur Andrews was riding Haafapiece in the Catesby Handicap Hurdle, with Pam Sly’s seven-year-old still appearing to hold every chance when coming down at the final flight.

She had hoped to avoid any surgery.

However, her sister and fellow jockey Bridget Andrews told Racing TV: “She’s doing really well. She’s gone back to hospital today and is probably going to have to have an op on her cheekbone, but the main thing is everything will heal.

“She’s probably going to be out for six weeks. But at the end of the day, she’s going to be fine – which is the main thing.”

Gina Andrews suffers facial injuries

Gina Andrews is facing a spell on the sidelines after suffering facial injuries in a fall at Cheltenham on Friday.

The rider was aboard Haafapiece in the Catesby Handicap Hurdle, with Pam Sly’s seven-year-old still appearing to hold every chance when coming down at the final flight.

Andrews was taken to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital, where she stayed overnight, but her sister Bridget Andrews expects her to return home on Saturday.

She said: “She’s broken her cheekbone and her eye socket, but I think she’s going to be on her way home today.

“All the main parts are working, so we’ll be glad to have her home. She’ll be back (to hospital) in the week to have a check up on her cheekbone to see if she needs an operation on it.

“She’s going to be out for a little while, but she’s going to be all right and that’s the main thing.”

Gina Andrews to remain in hospital overnight after Cheltenham fall

Gina Andrews will remain in hospital overnight after suffering a heavy fall at Cheltenham on Friday afternoon.

The rider was aboard Haafapiece in the Catesby Handicap Hurdle, with Pam Sly’s seven-year-old still appearing to hold every chance when coming down at the final flight.

Andrews was reported to be conscious following the fall and was taken to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital for further assessment.

A statement on the Twitter account she shares with her point-to-point trainer husband Tom Ellis, under the Gina and Tom Ellis Racing banner, confirmed she will stay in hospital on Friday night.

It read: “Thanks to everyone for their well wishes for Gina today after her horrible fall at Cheltenham, she is OK but is staying in hospital tonight. Massive thank you to all the staff and medics at @CheltenhamRaces and @NHSuk for looking after her.”

The amateur rider’s sister, Bridget Andrews, had earlier partnered Mohaayed to finish third in the concluding Citipost Handicap Hurdle at Cheltenham, after which she said: “Gina was OK when she left the track. She looked a bit of a mess, but she was talking.

“It’s pretty rubbish I couldn’t go to hospital with her, but her husband has gone to hospital and hopefully he’ll be able to see her.

“She will not look pretty for a few days, but fingers crossed it’s only superficial.”

Gina Andrews taken to hospital after Cheltenham fall

Gina Andrews was taken to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital for further assessment following a crunching fall from Haafapiece in the Catesby Handicap Hurdle at Cheltenham.

Pam Sly’s seven-year-old still held every chance and was just about in front when coming down at the final flight.

A statement from the racecourse read: “Following a fall in the Catebsy Handicap Hurdle on board Haafapiece, jockey Gina Andrews was immediately attended to by the on-course medical team.

“She is conscious and has now been transported to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital. Further information will be provided by the hospital or parties nominated on her behalf.

“The racecourse team would like to express our best wishes to Gina and our thoughts are with her and her family.”

The amateur rider’s sister, Bridget Andrews, partnered Mohaayed to finish third in the concluding Citipost Handicap Hurdle, after which she said: “Gina was OK when she left the track. She looked a bit of a mess, but she was talking.

“It’s pretty rubbish I couldn’t go to hospital with her, but her husband has gone to hospital and hopefully he’ll be able to see her.

“She will not look pretty for a few days, but fingers crossed it’s only superficial.”