A dream day at the races for couple

Amy Ryan and Joanne
Amy Ryan and Joanne

LOCAL couple Jim and Joanne Greenhill recently won the prize of a lifetime with a behind the scenes day at Channel 4 Racing.

Jim and Joanne took the prize at the ‘Shindig for 8’ charity dance earlier this summer which was in aid of the Jockey Jan Memorial Fund (JJMF), Cystic Fibrosis (Tayside), Diabetes UK Scotland, RNLI, Lippen Care, Multiple Sclerosis Society Scotland, Ninewells Paediatric Gastroenterology Fund and Tayside Children with Cancer and Leukaemia.

The ‘Morning Line’ voucher for two prize was for an exclusive day at the races and was sourced by Margaret Wilson, Jan’s mother, from Tanya Stevenson of the Channel 4 programme.

With many days of racing to choose from in a packed calendar, the couple went for the last day of the flat season on November 10 at Doncaster for the Champions’ Day.

It was an extra special day as Jim and Joanne saw Richard Hughes crowned champion jockey with Champagne, and Amy Ryan recognised as champion apprentice with the less extravagant bucket of water.

The couple were treated as VIP guests for the day and also got to enjoy breakfast with the ‘Morning Line’ team.

Margaret, organiser of ‘Shindig for 8’, said: “I asked Jim and Joanne if they would present the JJMF prize for the best leading lady apprentice who was Amy Ryan - she is also the first girl to win outright the apprentice title.

“Amy and Jan rode in amateur races together. Amy won the 2008 amateur championship then the two of them got their apprentice license and, as you see, Amy went on to do great things. Jan only had 12 rides as an apprentice but three wins and a second.”