Two leading contenders pulled out of Saturday’s Grand National

Two prominent horses have been pulled out of Saturday’s Grand National, and with other possible defectors, more potential runners will be able to get in at the bottom of the list of runners.

The £1 million Crabbies Grand National expects to receive confirmation of runners today- but latest ones out of the big race, which has a maximum number of 40 runners, are Jonjo O’Neill’s Sunnyhillboy and Godsmejudge trained by Alan King. The latter horse could go for the Scottish Grand National because his trainer said he couldn’t get him spot on in time for Aintree.

Winner Red Rum permanently remembered at Aintree

Winner Red Rum permanently remembered at Aintree

Current favourite is Teaforthree, trained by Rebecca Curtis, at 9-1 favourite with Long Run,  Tidal Bay and Monbeg Dude close up in the prices.popular 13-year-old Tidal Bay and last season’s memorable Welsh Grand National winner Monbeg Dude next in the betting.

Trainer Martin Brassil is hoping that champion jockey Tony McCoy will be on board his horse, Don’t Push It, who is a 33-1 shot for the race.

Currently the going at Aintree is good to soft and good in places, though rain is forecast there for the next two days and it could change.

Entries are in for this year’s Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials

Riders’ entries are now in for this years’ Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials, which takes place from May 7-11,  and another feast of top class International sport is in prospect. Competitors from 14 other nations will take on the best of the British, with a major focus being selection for the World Equestrian Games, Normandy this summer.

Exciting action at the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials Photo: British Eventing

Exciting action at the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials  Photo: British Eventing

There are 13 Australian horses and 14 New Zealanders on the entry list, reflecting those countries’ riders being assessed for selection by performance in the northern hemisphere this spring. As usual there is a strong Irish contingent, with ten horses, eight each from France and the USA and seven from Sweden.

Eight former winners of the Mitsubishi Motors Trophy will line up again this time, headed by double Olympic Champion Sir Mark Todd from New Zealand, with Andrew Hoy, Paul Tapner and Lucinda Fredericks from Australia, Mary King, Oliver Townend, Pippa Funnell and William Fox-Pitt from Great Britain. Kristina Cook  and De Novo News are also on the list.

Kristina Cook and De Novo News competing last year Photo: Kingswood Associates

Kristina Cook and De Novo News competing last year
Photo: Kingswood Associates

Among those not to have won here Andrew Nicholson (New Zealand) stands out with his record 33 completions to date and he must stand a great chance this time with a choice of two from Nereo (third here in 2013), Quimbo (Kentucky winner 2013) and Avebury (First and second at Burghley).

British favourite Mary King will ride Imperial Cavalier, who has completed on four occasions and has been third and fourth in the past; William Fox-Pitt has a choice of four, including European bronze medallist Chilli Morning.

Places in the British team are certainly up for grabs after the disappointing result at the European Championships last year, so competition for the record prize money and the best known Trophy in the world will be intense.

More than  130 entries were received for the 85 places available, so those on the ‘Waiting List’ will be hoping that some of those accepted withdraw over the next month. The full lists of those accepted and the waiting list are on the Badminton website at www.badminton-horse.co.uk.

Plumpton plans Easter Family Festival to follow Monday’s Royal visit

Plumpton Racecourse, which on Monday welcomes HRH The Princess Royal to its next raceday, is also anticipating its biggest attendance of the year with its popular two-day Totepool Easter Family Festival meeting on Easter Sunday and Monday, April 20 and 21.

As always, accompanied children under 18 can get in free – and with admission prices starting from only £10 for adults,  including a free race programme, it offers a great value day out for all the family.

Competiitve racing promised at Plumpton

Competiitve racing promised at Plumpton

Competitive racing in the enhanced facilities at this undulating left-hand track of just over a mile will be accompanied by a family theme on this special weekend.The race card for both days is impressive – Plumpton is offering the richest prizemoney in the UK on both days with over £115,000 on offer –  sure to lure the top jockeys and trainers.  There is also a second running of the Totepool Sussex Champion Hurdle on Easter Sunday worth £30,000. 

For racing first timers, Desert Orchid’s jockey, Colin Brown, will be on hand both days to guide you through the day’s racing with features and interviews through the afternoon from the parade ring.

Children’s entertainment by Mike the Knight and a Children’s Easteer Bonnet competition on Easter Sunday, will be followed by Peppa Pig joining the the fun on Easter Monday, with a traditional funfair based in the picnic enclosure, along with music, face painting and an Easter egg giveaway.

Big screen facilities at Plumpton for racing

Big screen facilities at Plumpton for racing

There will an opportunity to see Mike the Knight at regular intervals on Easter Sunday along with a Children’s Easter Bonnet competition with prizes for both under 5s and over 5s. Peppa Pig will be joining in the fun on Easter Monday and on both days a traditional funfair will be based in the Picnic Enclosure along with music, face painting and an Easter egg giveaway.

Plumpton’s chief executive Michael Moloney is confident of a landmark family racing weekend: “Plumpton’s Easter Festival’s uniquely friendly atmosphere provides the perfect family outing.”

Chief executive Mike Maloney at Plumpton's upgraded winner's enclosure and parade ring

Chief executive Mike Moloney at Plumpton’s upgraded winner’s enclosure and parade ring

Gates open from 11am and with a record attendance expected, racegoers are urged to arrive early or travel by train with Plumpton train station conveniently adjacent to the racecourse.  For full details and to book tickets please visit www.plumptonracecourse.co.uk or by call the Racecourse Office on 01273 890383.

 

 

Leading college to sponsor British Young Rider Team and programme

One of Britain’s leading agricultural colleges, Askham Bryan, is joining British Eventing’s strong portfolio of youth programme sponsors. The college has come on board as the sponsor of the highly successful British Young Rider Team and Programme.

Olympic trainer Christopher Bartle with the Equine Academy students from Askham Bryan College

Olympic trainer Christopher Bartle with the Equine Academy students from Askham Bryan College     Photo courtesy of Askham Bryan College

 

As part of this exciting new development, Askham Bryan will also support a number qualifying competitions which help to identify prospective members of the Britain Young Rider Team at the 2014 FEI Young Rider Europeans at Vale Sabroso (Portugal, September 17-21).

These are Young Rider Trials at:

  • Belton International  (April 4-6)
  • Weston Park (1) (April 12-14 )
  • Withington Manor (April 26-27)
  • Somerford Park (August15 – 16)

As part of the sponsorship they will also become title sponsors of the 2014 National Under 21 Championships Three Day Event at Houghton Hall International (May 22-25).

Liz Philip, Principal of Askham Bryan commented: “We have a great relationship with British Eventing through hosting BE competitions since 2010. I’m delighted to be able to support up and coming young British talent in the sport.”

Philip Grant, BE Event Organiser at the Newton Rigg College branch of Askham Bryan added: “It’s fantastic to be part of what is such an exciting time for the British Young Rider team. Two great reasons for supporting BE through the Young Rider programme is to get a closer relationship with future stars to both inspire our students during their studies and offer them exposure to the organisational side of delivering the programme.”

Chairman of Selectors, Alex Colquhoun said: “We welcome Askham Bryan to our sponsorship ranks and wish them every success in their involvement of the Young Riders. I very much hope that they enjoy supporting us in our exciting challenges in times to come.”

Visit the Houghton Hall website- www.houghtoninternational.co.uk for more information regarding the Askham Bryan National Young Rider Championships. The 2014 Askham Bryan BE Horse Trials take place on October 12.

 

Hickstead introduces electronic ticketing for a bumper 2014 season

Hickstead has introduced electronic ticketing for its bumper 2014 season and the All England Jumping Course Box Office is officially open, with tickets on sale for the Equestrian.com Hickstead Derby Meeting (June 26-29 ) and the Longines Royal International Horse Show (July 29 – August 3).

The new electronic ticketing system is not only better for the environment, but will also reduce the risk of lost or stolen tickets, as well as allowing visitors to pre-book their tickets right up to the night before their visit.

“By introducing the e-ticketing, Hickstead has moved its box office into the 21st century,” said Hickstead director Edward Bunn. “It is an environmentally-sound solution as it cuts out the production and postage of tickets. The new eTicket can be printed or presented on a smart phone or tablet at the gate,” he added

Scott Brash competing in the Royal International Horse Show in 2013 Photo: Samantha Lamb

Scott Brash competing in the Royal International Horse Show in 2013 Photo: Samantha Lamb

Britain’s showjumpers are currently experiencing a phenomenal run of success, with British riders Scott Brash and Ben Maher currently ranked number one and two in the world. Team GB won team gold at the London 2012 Olympics, followed by another team gold at the FEI European Jumping Championships in 2013.

The Equestrian.com Hickstead Derby Meeting has long been regarded as one of the most popular events in showjumping  with the Derby itself having been won by a number of showjumping’s superstars.

This year, fans will be able to get closer than ever to the action by joining the innovative Hickstead Derby Community. The new title sponsor of the June fixture, Equestrian.com has created a stunning Derby polo shirt that fans of the sport can purchase, automatically giving them membership to the Community. Members will then have access to a whole host of benefits and exclusive competitions.

Hickstead Derby winner Tina Fletcher pictured by  John Periam  01243 584718

Hickstead Derby winner Tina Fletcher pictured by John Periam 01243 584718

This year’s show could well be a vital prep run for many before the Alltech World Equestrian Games, which start just a few weeks later. Many of global showjumping’s best teams are set to take part in the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™, held on Friday August 1, including Germany, Holland and Ireland.

As well as boasting the best showjumpers and showing riders, Hickstead is proud to play host to the country’s top scurry drivers, carriage drivers, polo players and more. It also has one of the biggest and best shopping villages in the show circuit, with hundreds of tradestands selling everything from saddlery and fashion to food and gifts.

General admission tickets start from just £16 per adult and £8 for children, while a huge range of hospitality options are also available for those who want a perfect view of the International Arena. Visitors can choose from private boxes, ringside lodges, the exclusive 120-seater Members’ Restaurant, the al fresco Ringside Restaurant and the Beethoven Suite, found at the top of the Members’ Grandstand.

Annual Memberships will also provide visitors with Members’ Enclosure access to all shows at the All England Jumping Course, as well as a further 43 days of racing, high-goal polo and county cricket. The cost of an Annual Membership is £160 (£140 without a car).

To book tickets for the Equestrian.com Hickstead Derby Meeting and the Longines Royal International Horse Show go to  HYPERLINK “http://www.hickstead.co.uk” www.hickstead.co.uk or call 01273 834315.

 

 

Linda Mongan took the Fontwell Park opener with 14-1 shot Sea Cadet

Favourites didn’t have it all their own way at Fontwell Park’s meeting yesterday, when there were some unexpected results on a wet afternoon. The opening ‘Hands and Heels’ hurdle race over a marathon three miles three furlongs was a tester for both horses and jockeys.

Freddy Tett was a casualty early on in the slowly run race in a heavy fall  after being unseated by the Roger-Curtis trained Elegant Olive- but was talking back in the weighing room and taken to be checked out at hospital.

Sea Cadet with jockey Jack Sherwood and trainer Linda Mongan

Sea Cadet with jockey Jack Sherwood and trainer Linda Mongan   Photo Jeannie Knight

The spoils went to the Linda Mongan-trained 14-1 shot Sea Cadet which was well ridden by Jack Sherwood to take the lead two out, staying on well. Lawney Hill’s Miss Mayfair was close up for most of the race with Charlie Deutsch in the saddle but couldn’t quite match the winner, with Absolute Shambles and Louis Muspratt beaten into third place by just a neck. Linda Mongan is a shrewd trainer, based at Epsom, who has 20 horses in and had been worried about the rain-softened ground- and some of other runners will come into their own in drying conditions.

In the two-mile six furlong handicap steeplechase, local horse Venetian Lad, trained near Chichester by Lydia Richards, was an excellent second on ground much softer than he likes. He is very much a Fontwell specialist with four wins and many places to his credit and this was only his second appearance of the season because he needs good ground.

He showed he is a still a force to be reckoned with and looks certain to win again at the track, given ground he likes. Ridden as usual by Marc Goldstein, he just failed to peg back winner Keltic Rhythm, trained at Newmarket by Neil King, with Trevor Whelan in the saddle.

Keltic Rhythm was having his seventh run of the season for owners Sharon and Patrick Plews, and runs under the banner of their business Stephen Lower Insurances Ltd. But he had only switched to fences from hurdles last month, with a win, and his owners were delighted with the second victory over larger obstacles.

Keltic Rhythm coming into winner's enclosure with

Keltic Rhythm coming into winner’s enclosure with Trevor Whelan in the saddle  Photo: Jeannie Knight

The Docker Hughes Memorial Race for novices saw odds-on favourite Arthurs Oak, trained by Venetia Williams beaten into third place by almost 16 lengths, with David Pipe’s horse Virutel D’Oudon taking the race in impressive style with Conor O’ Farrell in the saddle.

But trainer Chris Gordon has an interesting newcomer in Ballyheigue Bay, who was less than a length away in second place, ridden by Tom Cannon. The seven-year-old has come from point to pointing and had made his debut under Rules, when third at Plumpton two weeks ago. Definitely one for the notebook for the future.

Tarraco, ridden by Aiden Coleman comes into the winners' enclosure Photo:Jeannie Knight

Tarraco, ridden by Aiden Coleman comes into the winners’ enclosure Photo: Jeannie Knight

Tarraco then gave Venetia Williams a winner at Fontwell in the three mile two furlong handicap chase under Aidan Coleman, when the 11-4 joint favourite won by a short head from Danners,  sent out by Giles Smyly.  When it came to a confrontation, Tarracco put in a determined effort to take the race by the narrrow margin.

When Norfolk Sky won the Mares Maiden Hurdle Race, it was the first win in a year for jockey David Crosse, on board this five-year-old trained at Sherborne by Brian Barr. This horse had previously been trained on the Flat by Linda Mongan but Crosse gave the 5-1 shot an outstanding ride, making virtually all the running and surviving a mistake at the last.

Norfolk Sky

Norfolk Sky provided jockey David Crosse with a welcome winner  Photo: Jeannie Knight

Nico de Boinville took the final chase of the day on board Ban Pauling’s 9-4 favourite Malibu Sun and the bumper race was won by the Lewes combination of Sheena West with Marc Goldstein riding 4-1 shot Justanother Muddle.

 

Successful show jumping weekend in Paris for Jessie Drea

West Sussex based showjumper Jessie Drea enjoyed a great weekend at the Saut Hermès au Grand Palais show in Paris recently, flying the flag for Great Britain in the Under-25 competition.

Riding Touchable, a thirteen year old chestnut mare owned by Miss Lynne Humphries, the UK Sport lottery funded World Class Development Programme rider contested the Under-25 team competition alongside fellow Brit Louise Saywell.

Jessie Drea

Jessie Drea

Louise was riding Hello Winner, owned by Lady Kirkham and Lady Harris. With Jessie and Louise posting two superb clear rounds each, and being the only team in the ten-team strong class to do so, the duo took the win ahead of Sweden and Ireland.

Jessie also competed in the ‘Les Talents Hermès’ competitions at the start of the weekend, producing a solid clear in the first round of the opening day’s two-phase competition. She was unlucky to pick up four faults in the second phase, to finish twelfth.

The World Class Development Programme underpins World Class Performance and, together with the Equine Pathway, comprises the Equestrian World Class Programme, incorporating the three Olympic sports of dressage, eventing, showjumping and the Paralympic sport of para-equestrian dressage.

The Programme has been funded by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, through Exchequer and National Lottery funds, via UK Sport since 1998.

A Nations Cup show jumping Team rider for Great Britain,  Jessie (22), who is based at Bolney, has been well known as a top rider in Great Britain from a young age, culminating with her 2006 win of the Prestigious Pony of the Year show in England.

She has gone on to represent Great Britain on Senior Nations Cup teams to great success, and is one if the best young riders of her generation.

Her career successes have included being leading rider at Lisbon CSIO, second for GB in Lisbon Nations Cup team, fourth in Copenhagen Nations Cup for GB, winning Lisbon Accumulator CSI3*, finishing second at Wettenhall World Class CS1 3*, fifth at Olympia World Class Final, winning Arena UK Young Riders and being sixth at Lisbon CSI 3* Grand Prix.

 

Good racing promised at Fontwell Park’s meeting today, Tuesday

Despite morning rain, some good racing is promised at Fontwell Park’s latest meeting today (Tuesday)  where a seven-race card starts at  2.10pm with a Hands and Heels handicap hurdles for conditional jockeys and amateur riders. Rain is expected to clear by lunchtime, with sunny intervals during the afternoon.

Competitive action at Fontwell Park

Competitive action at Fontwell Park

This is certain to be a testing affair, run over three miles and three furlongs, but Absolute Shambles, trained over the border in Hampshire by Chris Gordon, is inevitably in the frame at this popular track. The horse has the assistance of 3lb claimer Louis Muspratt in the saddle, who has been placed with the horse on his last two outings. Another to catch the eye is Lawney Hill’s runner, Miss Mayfair, ridden for the first time by Charles Deutsch.

Joshua Moore

Joshua Moore

The two mile six furlong handicap chase which follows is contested by an improving runner for Heart of the South Racing Group, Dynamic Idol, ridden by Joshua Moore, was unlucky to find one better at Plumpton last time out, and had won at Lingfield Park on his previous outing. He will face most challenge from the Venetia Williams-trained Tuskar Rick.

The feature race of the Docker Hughes Memorial Hurdle over two miles six furlongs could well go to another Venetia Williams runner, Arthur’s Oak with Aiden Coleman in the saddle, provided this horse acts as well on better ground as he did on heavy. But Ballyheigue Bay, trained by Chris Gordon, ran well at Plumpton on his first outing for the yard, having run previously in Irish point to points, and will have the assistance of Tom Cannon in the saddle.

Jockey Tom Cannon

Jockey Tom Cannon

The following three mile two furlong handicap chase has yet another Venetia Williams runner in Tarraco. The French-bred does not have a good track record at Fontwell Park,  and his sole win came at Plumpton on holding ground where five runners were pulled up on holding ground and one fell.

The second horse was 22 lengths behind the winner with the third another nine length behind – the only finishers in the nine-runner field and it may pay to look elsewhere. Joshua Moore has a good record riding for Renee Robeson and is on board Smart Exit in this race.

In the Mares Maiden Hurdle over two miles two furlongs, Gary Moore sends out two runners, but five-year-old Sudden Wish, ridden by Jamie Moore, comes to Fontwell  is an interesting prospect, having steadily improved. Double Accord represents the in-form Anthony Honeyball and was fourth on her debut over hurdles and should be on the upgrade.

The two mile two furlong handicap chase is a competitive affair, with runners entered by trainers Emma Lavelle, Oliver Sherwood, Ben Pauling, Brendan Powell and Andy Turnell all on the upgrade.

The final race is a National Hunt Flat Race. The gates open for this meeting at 12 noon, with the first race at 2pm.

Support Team GBR and go for an exclusive Badminton course walk

Two exclusive course walks around the famous  Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials Cross Country course are to be held to raise money for GB’s up coming World Equestrian Games and Olympic and Paralympic bids in Rio.

Eventing icons will be sharing their insights, expertise and annecdotes during a leisurely stroll around Giuseppe della Chiesa’s 4* course in a bid to raise money for GB’s up and coming World Equestrian Games and Olympic and Paralymic bids in Rio and tickets go on sale on April 1.

Exciting action at the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials Photo: British Eventing

Exciting action at the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials
Photo: British Eventing

The course walks take place on the dressage days of the world famous horse trials, Thursday May 8 and Friday May 9 and will be hosted by World Class Performance staff and riders. This is your chance to get the lowdown on the course and chat with some of the most knowledgeable people in the sport of eventing.

Thursday’s event will be jointly led by Zara Phillips (London 2012 Olympic Silver Medallist, 2006 World Champion), Richard Waygood (4* eventing rider, international coach, World Class Programme Manager for Dressage, former Riding Master Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment) and  Philip Surl(4 * eventing rider, Assistant Eventing Performance Manager and Eventing Nations Cup Team Manager).

The course walk sets off at 1.30pm on May 8.  Just £30 per head is suggested as a minimim dontation, with  contributions going straight to support our international equestrian teams, Equestrian Team GBR.

Friday’s event will be jointly lead by Gary Parsonage (Atlanta 1996 Olympic Eventing Team Member and Chairman of Pony Selectors) and Laura Collett (Eventing Pony, Junior and Young Rider medallist, member of senior 2011 European Eventing Championship team). The course walk kicks off at 10am, on May 9 , £25 per head suggested minimim dontation, to go to support  Equestrian Team GBR.

There will be a maximum of 30 people per course walk. Course walk ticket price does not include admission to the event which must be purchased separately from the Badminton ticket office www.badminton-horse.co.uk

Don’t miss out! Tickets go on sale 10am on April 1 2014 at  www.equestrianteamgbr.co.uk

60 years of point to point racing celebrated at Parham with a great day’s racing supported by Bob Champion

The Crawley and Horsham Hunt celebrated 60 years of racing at its Parham course in style on Saturday when the rain stayed away and there was good racing and plenty to entertain the crowds.

Grand National winning jockey, Bob Champion, whose cousins had ridden at Parham with success in the past, was there to present prizes and join former trainers, jockeys and owners for a commemorative photograph, to go with the 50th anniversary photograph taken ten years ago.

Former trainers, jockeys and owners, joined Bob Champion (extreme left) to celebrate the 60th anniversary or racing at Parham

Former trainers, jockeys and owners, joined Bob Champion (extreme left) to celebrate the 60th anniversary or racing at Parham

It was fitting that the opening race was won in style by local amateur rider Jody Sole, whose JS Equestrian Centre is based at Dragons Green, not far from Parham. Jody was riding his new horse Theophrastus, now 12, bought at the sales this season. The victory also gave him his first winner as a point to point trainer.

Jody Sole and Theophrastus crossed the line clear of the field

Jody Sole gives Theophrastus a pat after they crossed the line clear of the field Photo Jeannie Knight

Theophrastus had been pulled up on his earlier outing this season in a point to point on ground that didn’t suit him, but won the Hunt Members, Subscribers and Farmers race on Saturday running away from the rest of the field. He had taken a commanding lead, before the final bend having jumped well throughout.

Jody Sole with Theophrastus

Jody Sole with Theophrastus Photo: Jeannie Knight

Owned by Jody’s fiancee Abby Drury, Ms V Wiltshire and Ms S Davies, he overturned favourite Crazy Eyes and was a popular winner.

A long trip from Ludlow paid off for trainer Victoria Collins, who sent out seven-year-old Minella For Party to secure victory in the Tim Dunlop Memorial Restricted Race under an excellent ride from Hannah Watson.

Minella For Party, with rider Hannah Watson, trainer Victoria Collins  right and owner Felicity Ashfield  Photo Jeannie Knight

Minella For Party, with rider Hannah Watson, trainer Victoria Collins right and owner Felicity Ashfield : Photo Jeannie Knight

Victoria explained: ” I bought him from Dan Skelton’s yard and he didn’t like being in a busy racing yard, but has settled well with me and has great potential. He will reward his owners,Sarah Dawson and Felicity Ashfield. He will stay three miles.”

Favourite Adept Approach fell in the Harwoods Mixed Open Race, but first past the post, Rear Gunner, trained at Brightling by Rose Grissell with sister Hannah in the saddle, had seemed a certain winner throughout.

Barry Cockerell and Alan Cowing, breeders and owners of Rear Gunner receive the Sir Walter Burrell Challenge Cup from grandchildren of  Guy Harwood.  Photo Jeannie Knight

Barry Cockerell and Alan Cowing, back  second left and far right,breeders and owners of Rear Gunner receive the Sir Walter Burrell Challenge Cup from grandchildren of Guy Harwood. Pictured with them are  Bob Champion and rider Hannah Grissell Photo Jeannie Knight

Alan Cowing explained: ” We bred this horse, out of our mare Nethertara and he began his racing career in points to points and then raced under Rules, trained by members of the Grissell family. Now in the twilight of his racing career he has returned to point to pointing and we are delighted with his win today.”

Rear Gunner, again ridden by Hannah Grissell had previously taken the Ladies’ Open at Charing earlier this month when setting the fastest time for the day.

The Members Conditions Race was won by Showman, trained by Mark Dilworth and ridden by Oz Wedmore of Brightling, East Sussex. Oz is a student and works for trainer Nicky Henderson. Trainer Nick Pearce continued his run of successes when He’s A Black Sheep, ridden by Philip Hall, took the closing Open Maiden Race.

Daniiel Bachelor and Churchill

Daniel Bachelor received his award for winning the 138cm pony race from Bob Champion

Pony racing had taken place before the start of the main races, and young Petworth rider Daniel Batchelor (15) won the Bill Kear Plant Open Race for  ponies 0f 138 cm and under and riders aged 9-16 on board Churchill, owned by his mother Alison. She trains National Hunt horses and Daniel’s aim is to become a jockey and last season he rode the pony to become the South East 138cm champion.The 148cm and under pony race was won by There She Goes ridden by Izzie Marshall (14).

Izzie Marshall winner of the Open Pony Race with Thereshegoes with Bob Champion

Izzie Marshall winner of the Open Pony Race with Thereshegoes with Bob Champion