Jockey Club continues RoR sponsorship

The Jockey Club is to repeat its partnership this year with Retraining of Racehorses to stage the Jockey Club RoR Novice Thoroughbred Ridden Show Series this year, providing the series champion with the opportunity to compete for the RoR Supreme Champion Elite Prize of £2,500.

The series highlights the successful second careers that ex-racehorses can have in other disciplines following successful retraining. Last year’s series was won by West Sussex-based Abi Drury.

Open to Thoroughbred mares or geldings, who are at least four-years-old and who have all previously raced in Britain, more than 20 qualifying classes have been confirmed to date. The qualifiers, which begin in March, lead up to the Novice Championship Final at Aintree Racecourse’s RoR National Championships 29 – 30 August 2015.

To qualify for the championship competitors will need to be placed within the first three at one of the qualifying classes taking place at locations throughout the country.

Abi Drury, and Hero Worship,

Abi Drury, and Hero Worship receiving their award from Jenny Pitman last year

Abi, who is based at Dragons Green, near Horsham, was 2-14 Novice Champion with her horse Hero Worship. She said:“Hero Worship loved the atmosphere in the indoor arena at Aintree, it was a great confidence building experience for both of us and that feeling of winning and competing at the Aintree Show ring last year was amazing.”

For the qualifiers, The Jockey Club’s sponsorship provides rosettes and £150 of prize vouchers per show awarded in addition to the standard prize money on offer. The Championship’s overall Champion and Reserve will win money and prizes in kind as well as then be eligible to compete for the RoR Supreme Championship Elite prize of £2,500.

Simon Bazalbette group chief executive The Jockey Club said: “At The Jockey Club, the welfare of Thoroughbred racehorses after they retire from horseracing is a consideration we take seriously in line with our mission to act for the good of the sport.

“As the success of last year’s Series proved, many retired racehorses go on to have fulfilling second careers and I was delighted by the positive response we received on our partnership with RoR. I’m grateful for everyone who participated in our novice show and I hope we will see further examples that racehorses can have successful careers once they retire from the spotlight during this year’s show.

“As the success of last year’s Series proved, many retired racehorses go on to have fulfilling second careers and I was delighted by the positive response we received on our partnership with British racings dedicated charity, RoR. I’m grateful for everyone who participated in our novice show and I hope we will see further examples that racehorses can have successful careers once they retire from the spotlight during this year’s show.”

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