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Monday, 21 January, 2019

Former racehorses to put on dressage show at Ascot

What Of It: the winner of the ROR Tattersalls Show Series Championship at Hickstead will be part of the dressage display team at Ascot
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A team of former racehorses will return to Ascot on Saturday as part of the Racehorse to Riding Horse parade to put on a dressage display before the start of racing.

The team of eight, which includes recent Hickstead winner Annacotty and Hickstead winner What Of It, are trained by Cara Hayward and recently performed at Belton Horse Trials. This will be their first time putting on the display at a racecourse. 

Di Arbuthnot, chief executive of RoR, said: “We are very much looking forward to Saturday’s parade. Without a proper dressage arena, it won’t be straightforward for the RoR Dressage Display Team, but Ascot have been very helpful and I have no doubt racegoers will be impressed by the skills on show from both horse and rider."

What Of It, who has qualified for Horse Of The Year Show [HOYS] for the past three years, enjoyed his biggest success to date when winning at the Hickstead Derby meeting in June and is likely to be a crowd favourite, Arbuthnot added.

“They will also have a chance to see up-close a Champion in the show ring in What Of It, who is a stunning looking horse, along with old favourites such as Annacotty, Fruity O’Rooney and Ransom Note who are all enjoying their second careers."

The display will take place at 12.50pm and for more information you can visit the RoR website.

BHA seeking recruits for new handicapping appeals panel

The BHA is looking for handicapping experts to form independent panels as part of racing’s new handicapping appeal procedure.

The new appeal process is being put in place this autumn for connections of any horse to challenge how a BHA handicapper has acted, whether in giving a rating or refusing to give an official figure.

It will be something of a last resort as all appeals can only be lodged if the trainer has first sought reviews from the original handicapper involved and then their team leader.

That makes it akin to the court of appeal for connections and has come out the handicapping review carried out by racing broadcaster and journalist Lydia Hislop.

Check out full details of the new BHA job opportunity

At this last stage both sides have to submit a written submission and the three panellists will confer remotely without having to go to the BHA High Holborn offices and deliver a written result.

Richard Wayman, the BHA’s chief operating officer, said: “We have an exceptionally dedicated and talented handicapping team but it is inevitable that there will be occasions when participants wish to challenge particular decisions.

“We warmly invite applications from all individuals with the appropriate skills and experience, including an understanding of handicapping principles, expertise in the interpretation of form and strong race-reading skills.”

Anyone is eligible to apply for the panel, except those who are employees or directors of the BHA or have been granted a licence or permit by the BHA within the previous five years. Those who has undertaken paid consultancy or other work for the BHA are eligible but must declare that work and the amounts of money involved at the application stage.

Death of Joyce Buckley 

Joyce Buckley, wife of 1963 Grand National-winning jockey Pat and mother of Coolmore’s UK representative Kevin, died on Friday in Abu Dhabi after a long illness. She was 81 and had been married for 53 years.

Tony Tarry funeral

The funeral service for Tony Tarry, former owner of the Islanmore Stud in Croom, County Limerick, who died peacefully at his home in Adare on Tuesday aged 92, will take place in the Church of Ireland in Adare at noon on Monday.

A much respected and popular veterinary surgeon, Tarry was a former joint-master of the Limerick Hunt and became a member of the Turf Club in 1983 and a member of the Irish National Hunt Steeplechase Committee in 1986. He was also a past chairman of the Turf Club’s Licensing Committee and served as an acting steward at many race meetings.

Multiple Group 1 winner Snow Fairy, who completed the Epsom-Curragh Oaks double in 2010 and also numbered the Irish Champion Stakes among her six top-level wins, was foaled at Islanmore Stud.

Tarry, who came to Ireland from Britain in 1951, is survived by his wife, Mary, sons Charles and Jack and daughter Caroline..

Costello ban reduced on appeal

Dougie Costello had a four-day careless riding ban, imposed at Wolverhampton, reduced to three days after challenging the suspension at an appeal before a BHA disciplinary panel on Thursday.

Divided races 

The lifting of the restriction on races dividing at evening all-weather fixtures has been extended to cover August due to the ongoing spell of hot weather.

The restriction has been suspended as a result of the continuing demand for all-weather races in recent weeks due to widespread firmer going conditions being experienced by the majority of turf courses.

Races will be permitted to divide at the following evening all-weather meetings next month: Wolverhampton (August 3), Kempton (August 8), Newcastle (August 9), Chelmsford (August 10), Wolverhampton (August 13), Kempton (August 15), Chelmsford (August 17), Kempton (August 22), Wolverhampton (August 23), Chelmsford (August 24), Kempton (August 29), and Wolverhampton (August 31)..





Ascot have been very helpful and I have no doubt racegoers will be impressed by the skills on show from both horse and rider

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