Hall of Famer jockey Mike Smith wins on first mount in England

Mike Smith

Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith and trainer Wesley Ward teamed for a victory on Thursday at Folkestone with Gentleman’s Code.

Smith scored in his first-ever mount in Great Britain, guiding the Proud Accolade gelding to a front-running victory over five furlongs in :58.78 on good to firm turf. The winning margin in three-horse field was 1 3/4 lengths.

Smith traveled to England after riding in the Preakness Stakes (G1) on May 21, specifically for the mount on Gentlemans Code, who will be considered for the Coventry Stakes or Norfolk Stakes (Eng-G2) during the Royal Ascot meeting in June.

“It definitely was (worth coming),” Smith told Racing Post. “I feel like a kid again and I have been doing this for 30 years. I really enjoyed it and if I could come again I’d love to do it.”

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