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Sunday, 18 November, 2018

Carberry back in the saddle in attempt to win second cross-country title

Paul Carberry: won the Golden Button in 2009
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Two-time Irish champion jumps jockey Paul Carberry will take on a number of fellow former riders on Saturday as he attempts to win his second Golden Button Challenge.

The cross-country event, organised by the Ledbury Hunt in Gloucestershire, will also feature the recently retired Brian Harding, Ebor-winning jockey Gary Carroll and Caulfield Cup-winning trainer Ciaron Maher as around 45 riders tackle the three-mile, 25-obstacle course.

Carberry, who also secured a Grand National victory on Bobbyjo in 1999 in a stellar career and won this event in 2009, rides Lighting Tunes, an eight-year-old winner of a Tinahely point-to-point last month for Peter Maher – the Cheltenham Festival-winning trainer who is a fellow Golden Button competitor.

Carberry said: “I suppose I’ve got the bug for this event and it’s nice to ride in a race again. I’ve managed to get a decent horse who I have schooled once and felt like he had a bit of ability – I’m sure he’ll give me a good spin.”

Also competing is Champion Chase-winning jockey Harding, who retired in April and is now a jockeys’ coach.

He said: "I'm riding a half-bred called Rolling Stones. I’m going for the craic. I did a bit of eventing last summer on the horse and he seems to jump anything. I’ve seen videos of the event and it looks fun.”

The runners will parade at 11am, and move to the start at 11.30am before the flag falls at noon.

Entry for the public is £10 per car, regardless of the number of passengers, and the postcode for parking is GL19 4HG.


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I suppose I've got the bug for this event and it's nice to ride in a race again

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