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Olivia is on course for glory... thanks to dad’s wooden horse

- By Douglas Patient

A TEENAGE would-be jockey has galloped to victory in her first race – after practising on a wooden horse named Troy.

Paul and Maxine Tubb, from Chandler’s Ford, Hampshire, could not afford to buy their daughter Olivia, 13, a pony.

So university admissions officer Paul built her the practice horse using wood and screws and costing £30.

Thanks to the training it provided Olivia, pictured on the contraptio­n in her bedroom, rode to triumph in a Pony Club six-furlong race at Cheltenham a few weeks ago.

Now she has one ambition. “I’d love to be a profession­al jockey,” she says.

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