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Jockey wins race after 28 years

Anthony Knott
Anthony Knott said even his children poked fun at his efforts to win a race

A Dorset dairy farmer has ended his 28-year losing streak as an amateur jockey by finally winning a race.

Even Anthony Knott's children poked fun at his efforts but the 44-year-old proved them wrong by romping to victory in the 2.30 at Wincanton in Somerset.

After achieving his lifelong ambition riding Wise Men Say, he is planning to retire to concentrate on milking his cows in Sturminster Newton.

"I just literally cannot believe it," the father-of-three told BBC News.

"Everybody has been saying, 'It is a waste of time you doing that'," he added. "Even my children have been taking the Mickey out of me for months."

Mr Knott, who reportedly started out on the point-to-point circuit as a teenager, ran his final race last Thursday on his six-year-old mount, which had odds of 7-1.

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