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Kan out to make a name.

A GLANCE down the list of jockeys riding at Carlisle this afternoon reveals the unfamiliar name of Willy Kan.

The 20-year-old female apprentice, who claims 7lb, has two mounts at the northern venue today for trainer David Nicholls. The Thirsk handler is giving her the leg up on seven-year-old Don Pepe in the seven-furlong Edmundson Electrical Handicap and Knave's Ash in the Crowther Homes Carlisle Bell, one of the oldest races in the British racing calendar.

Nicholls met Willy Kan when his wife, jockey Alex Greaves, was riding in Hong Kong last year.

"It was a Lady's Purse day at Happy Valley," says Nicholls. "Alex was riding out there and one of the stewards asked us if we would look after a lady rider for a month's spell in the UK. We said yes and here she is.

"Riding over here will be a great experience for her and I'm sure old Don Pepe will give her a great first ride and look after her."

Willy Kan, who has ridden 10 winners in Hong Kong, only arrived in Britain yesterday morning, and said: "I am a little nervous about riding in Britain but I'm looking forward to it. I will be riding out for Mr Nicholls a bit while I'm in Britain. I think Don Pepe could be my best chance of a winner."
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Title Annotation:Sports
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Jun 24, 1998
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