Bad­minton win­ner to take home £100,000

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AS dis­cus­sions rumble on about how event­ing might look at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics —the In­ter­na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee has asked all sports to con­duct a re­view—mit­subishi Mo­tors Bad­minton Horse Tri­als di­rec­tor Hugh Thomas has laid down a re­minder that his is the world’s old­est and rich­est three-day event. The win­ner of this year’s com­pe­ti­tion (May 4–7) will take home £100,000—a lot of money in event­ing, as only a hand­ful of top prizes across the world are worth more than £10,000.

Bad­minton was started in 1949 by the 10th Duke of Beau­fort, to im­prove Bri­tish rid­ers’ Olympic chances. The box of­fice opens to­day (Jan­uary 4) for pri­or­ity book­ing and on Jan­uary 11 for pub­lic book­ing (01454 218375; www.bad­minton­horse.co.uk). KG

The pres­ti­gious Bad­minton Horse Tri­als tro­phy

height­ened in the 15th cen­tury. Last month, Louth County Coun­cil re­duced the height re­stric­tion on the 800-yearold gate by 1.5m (5ft), but this was to cor­rect an er­ror in the ex­ist­ing sig­nage.

The coun­cil main­tains that the mat­ter of pro­hibit­ing ve­hic­u­lar ac­cess through the gate is a re­served func­tion to be ex­er­cised by the mem­bers of Bor­ough District of Drogheda.

The mat­ter will come be­fore the mem­bers at their March meet­ing, fol­low­ing pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion. Let’s hope the gate sur­vives that long. JG

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