Cue Card to make debut at national championships for retrained racehorses
Nine-time Grade 1 winner Cue Card and 2015 Cheltenham Gold Cup hero Coneygree are among the stellar line-up of retrained racehorses taking part in the RoR Goffs UK National Championships this week.
Cue Card, who is making his debut at the national championships, which starts on Tuesday and features showing, dressage and showjumping classes, will be among 270 retrained racehorses participating at Aintree over four days.
Having won more than £1.4 million in prize-money during a lengthy career in which he became a fans' favourite, Cue Card was retired from racing in April 2018 and is being retrained for showing by Katie Jerram-Hunnable, who previously enjoyed huge success with the Queen's Barber Shop.
Fellow top-level winner Coneygree, who only retired in February after winning nine of his 18 starts, qualified for the show when winning a class at the HEROS Charity Horse Show in June. Other notable names to take part include Sovereign Debt, Noland, Zarkandar, Annacotty and Thomas Crapper.
Di Arbuthnot, chief executive of Retraining of Racehorses, said: "As well as Gold Cup and King George winners, the four days of competition provides opportunities for all former racehorses to excel in a different discipline, from dressage to jumping and showing.
"The whole event has a wonderful feel-good factor and it is so rewarding to see the pleasure working with former racehorses gives people. It does not matter whether they are competing in the elite finals or just a regular class, the smiles on their faces say it all."
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