Mrs. Muriel Naughton, the 28-year-old wife of a Yorkshire house trainer, made history on Friday?
CU AND GV Muriel Naughton leaving paddock with male jockeys. (2 shots)
SCU Muriel Naughton speaking
SV Muriel riding towards start.
GV Bookmakers and spectators.
GV Start of race with Muriel
GV Muriel finishing sixth.
MRS. NAUGHTON: "I'm not trying to prove anything against men. I just want a chance to ride my own horse and race it. I wish I could just slip in unnoticed, just ride in the race and nobody think anything about it. You know I feel like a guinea pig out there."
SMITH: "Petite twenty-eight-year-old Muriel, wife of a Yorkshire trainer, seemed slightly bemused by the reception she received as she prepared to gallop into history. All eyes were on her as she proved that the year of equal opportunity is undoubtedly with us. But was it meant as a blow for women's lib?
As she and Bally Casey cantered out onto the firm track the woman who wished she hadn't been the first to break into a previously male domain was astride a thirty-three to one rank outsider out of a field f eight. From the off neither Muriel or bally Casey showed any signs of an inferiority complex, half way round the three mile course and jumping well they passed the winning post for the first time lying second. But the pace began to take its toll and the men began to overtake her. Bally Casey with Muriel still n top cantered home in sixth place -- not into the winner's enclosure but into the history books."
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Background: Mrs. Muriel Naughton, the 28-year-old wife of a Yorkshire house trainer, made history on Friday (30 January) when she became the first woman to compete with men under Britain's National Hunt rules.
Riding a 33-1 outsider called Bally Casey she finished sixth out of eight but had a good race. Mrs. Naughton and Bally Sasey jumped well and were second at the winning post the first time round but the pace began to tell in the second half of the race and she was overtaken by most of the field.
Before the race Mrs. Naughton told BBC reporter Alastair Smith she wished she could have slipped din unnoticed and just ridden like the other jockeys. She said she was not trying to strike a blow for Women's Lib or prove anything against men.
The film includes an interview with Mrs. Naughton and a commentary by BBC reporter Alastair Smith. The commentary is transcribed overleaf. A transcript of the interview follows:-
SYNOPSIS: In Scotland in the United Kingdom on Friday, Muriel Naughton, the twenty-eight-year old wife of a Yorkshire horse trainer, became the first woman jockey ever to compete under Britain's National Hunt Rules. She told BBC reporter Alastair Smith her feelings before she made the historic ride.