Former Somerset and England cricketer Craig Kieswetter notched up his first winner as a racehorse owner when Citrus won at Plumpton recently.
Craig who was unfortunately forced to retire from First Class cricket after sustaining a serious eye injury back in July 2014, purchased the four year old French bred bay gelding back in the summer.
Citrus, who is trained by David Pipe, made his first appearance over hurdles at Worcester back in August when he was pulled up. He next appeared at Chepstow in October when he was sixth in a 16 horse race and then at Exeter Citrus gave a much-improved performance to end fourth out of nine.
The Ryan Vehicles Novices’ Hurdle over one mile, seven furlongs at Plumpton was certainly an eventful affair with only four of the original eight runners finishing. However, thankfully for the former Somerset cricketer, jockey Tom Scudamore managed to avoid the trouble and after leading for much of the race hung on to win by a neck.
Afterwards Craig said: “I’m absolutely delighted with the win from Citrus down in Sussex. To get my first ‘jumps racing’ win under the belt is extremely satisfying and even more so after the chaos of how the race unfolded. I thought Tom rode a terrific race and held his composure perfectly. Congratulations to David, and everyone involved at the Pipe Yard.”