Otis, 16, wins race named after tragic sister

Tarka ridden by Otis Morgan. -Pony Racing Race 3 - 11:20 Buckfastleigh - 15 Mar 2020 - Members Race

Tarka ridden by Otis Morgan rides Tarka at Buckfastleigh point-to-point last year - Credit: Tom Sandberg/PPAUK

Local trainer Jimmy Frost when asked about his racing highlight over the last seven days, did not consider the weekend of the flat racing Classics at Newmarket or indeed his daughter Bryony’s fantastic treble at Kempton on Monday which made her the new seasons leading rider so far – although it is very early days. 

These events in his eyes paled into insignificance with the poignant success of 16-year-old Otis Morgan in a race named after his sister Artemis on a horse owned by his mother Joanna and trained by his father Richard at Flete behind closed doors on Saturday.

The race named the 'Artemis Morgan Happiest when Hunting Devon and Cornwall Novice Riders Conditions Race' provided Otis with his first point-to-point success on Skylander.

His 13-year-old sister was tragically killed in a quad biking accident on the family farm in 2020.

Jimmy recalls the devastating impact this had on the Dartmoor rural community and he wrote poignantly about it at the time.

We spoke while he was on the long drive to Fakenham on Monday where he saddled Treaceys Jim and stable favourite Findusatgorcombe on Tuesday.

He said: “It was fantastic to see young Otis win so easily on Saturday and that was the first of what we all hope are many winners for him. Nothing will ever make up for the tragedy of losing Artie but Saturday was a great day for the family.” 

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Jimmy is a massive fan of the Devon and Cornwall point-to-point scene having learnt his trade there and he like all members of the equestrian family is looking forward to the time when Flete can open for its normal large crowds again.