Season ticket holder Flo Jones had the opportunity to meet Leicester Tigers and England scrum-half Ben Youngs at the running of the Tigers Racing Syndicate’s first race on Monday.
Flo’s entry of ‘Leg It Lenny’ won the competition to name the Syndicate’s first horse, in association with Youngs and his player sponsor Robert Cowell Racing, and the 29-year-old from Coalville had the opportunity to watch the colt’s debut in the 14.30 at Leicester Racecourse on Monday afternoon.
“I’m really excited to be here and find out what it’s all about,” she said. “I’ve brought my auntie and uncle – who are really into their horse racing – so I must be their favourite niece now!”
And Flo revealed that her inspiration for the horse’s name had actually come from Youngs’ former club, country and British & Irish Lions team-mate, Tom Croft.
“Well, obviously Ben’s nickname is ‘Lenny’,” she continued. “I think that might originate from Crofty…so I thought that would be a good place to start!
“I was really surprised to find out I’d won [the competition] and get to come along today, since this is my first time at the races.”
Flo watched on as Leg It Lenny was guided to a respectable eighth-place finish by flat race jockey Richard Kingscote – wearing Tigers-inspired silks – over six furlongs at the city’s racecourse.