Mint Condition another winner for brave young jockey Kielan

ONE National Hunt Racing's bravest young jockeys rode a winner for Staffordshire Moorlands trainer Jenny Candlish at Bangor-on-Dee today (Nov 11).

Kielan Woods steered the Basford Grange yard's Mint Condition to a second consecutive victory in a thrilling finish in a 2m 3f hurdle at the Welsh border course.

Three years ago Woods was sidelined for five months after sustaining serious injuries in a crashing fall Huntingdon races.

He underwent two operations for a dislocated hip and a pelvis fractured in eight places.

Woods was bed-bound in hospital for two months and then spent a prolonged spell recuperating at the Injured Jockeys' Fund Oaksey House in Lambourne.

Since then the 27-year-old has gone on to ride more than a century of winners over obstacles, with Mint Condition taking his total to 121 from 1151 rides.

The six-year-old gelding, which runs in the colours of Whites Property Limited, was returning to the venue where he recorded his previous success on October 27, when Henry Brooke was in the saddle.

It was Wood's third mount at the Bangor meeting for Team Candlish, having earlier partnered chaser Diva De Vassy (PU/8) and hurdler Sure I'm Your Man (3/6).


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