INTERNATIONAL showjumper Joe Whitaker made a dream start to his racing career with a last-gasp win at Newcastle on Tuesday.

The 32-year-old, from Penistone, took the Tjade Collier-trained Ladronne to first place in a field of 26 for the pair’s first win under rules, beating Taras Day by a neck after coming up from last place.

Joe, who represented Great Britain in 2016, is the first member of the Whitaker dynasty to become a National Hunt jockey, with sister Ellen and brothers Tom and Donald all showjumpers.

Whitaker told Sky Sports Racing: “I just thought, ‘wait until the very last second and then give it some’.”