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“I Was The First Girl To Lead The Winner Of Any Big Race”

By Marcus Armytage – The Telegraph Nickel Coin may have earned her place in racing history 70 years ago as the 13th and last mare to win the Grand National, but less well known is the fact that she was the first National winner to be led up by a stable lass rather than lad. In racing circles these days, Jo Wells, the then 19-year-old who looked after the nine-year-old bay mare, is better known as the mother of Kentucky Derby-winning trainer Graham Motion. Despite turning 90 this year, Mrs Motion is still at the helm of the Middleburg Tack Exchange in Virginia, a tack shop she set up 30 years ago at an age when most people are contemplating retirement. “I was watching the race where we let the horses go, listening to the commentary on a small radio, and was standing next to Peter Cazalet’s head lad,” she