For­mer race­horses are short­listed for top award

Western Daily Press (Saturday) - - Riders -

RE­TIRED race­horses mak­ing the most of their new ca­reers in the South West are among those short­listed for a pres­ti­gious award.

The 2018 Re­train­ing of Race­horses (RoR) Awards will take place at the his­toric Jockey Club Rooms in New­mar­ket on Wed­nes­day, De­cem­ber 12.

Hosted by the char­ity’s pa­tron Clare Bald­ing, to­gether with ITV Rac­ing pre­sen­ter Luke Har­vey, the awards ac­knowl­edge and cel­e­brate the ver­sa­til­ity of for­mer race­horses across a range of dis­ci­plines, with prizes given to the elite win­ners in dres­sage, polo, event­ing, en­durance and show­ing.

The fi­nal award to be pre­sented on the night will be the Jockey Club­spon­sored RoR Horse of the Year. A long list of 17 con­tenders has been as­sem­bled, with nom­i­na­tions put forward from all around the coun­try via RoR’s net­work of re­gional co­or­di­na­tors.

A judg­ing panel com­pris­ing of RoR pa­tron Sir An­thony McCoy and Luke Har­vey, will re­view the list and iden­tify four horses to go forward to a short­list with the even­tual win­ner an­nounced on the night.

Rep­re­sent­ing the South West will be Jive Mas­ter (showjump­ing), Monkerty Tunkerty (show­ing and showjump­ing) and Buck­struther (show­ing).

Pop­u­lar chaser Monkerty Tunkerty, owned and rid­den by Jess West­wood from Mine­head and formerly trained by her, has proved his tal­ents in show­ing and showjump­ing since re­tir­ing from the track.

Jive Mas­ter, owned and rid­den by Paige Smart from Devon, started his rac­ing ca­reer at six, when he de­fied dou­ble odds and won his first race. Sold out of Ire­land for 30,000 eu­ros, the geld­ing by Marig­nan went on to run 14 times for Tim Vaughan over hur­dles, notch­ing up three wins and three plac­ings.

Com­plet­ing the re­gion’s trio is Buck­struther, owned and rid­den by Welling­ton-based Jas­mine Hos­good and formerly trained by her fa­ther Paul. The 16-year-old geld­ing, by An­shan, waved good­bye to his rac­ing sad­dle in May 2015, hav­ing won ten point-to-point races and three times un­der rules.

Amass­ing an im­pres­sive haul of ac­co­lades in the show ring in­clud­ing at Devon County and Royal Bath & West, as well as qual­i­fy­ing for Hick­stead on mul­ti­ple oc­ca­sions, the ch­est­nut is now en­joy­ing life on the hunt­ing field.

Also in­cluded in the short­list are:

Burj Hatta (event­ing): Owned and rid­den by Rachel Cas­bon and formerly trained by Saeed Bin Suroor.

Fruity O’Rooney (event­ing): Owned and rid­den by Beccy Green and formerly trained by Gary Moore.

Mas­ter Wick­ham (event­ing): Owned and rid­den by Claire Lewis and formerly trained by Paul Web­ber.

Mur­doch (event­ing and dres­sage): Owned and rid­den by Megan Lewis and formerly trained by Colin Tiz­zard.

Ponte Vec­chio (event­ing): Owned and rid­den by Stu­art Nie and formerly trained by Jim Boyle.

Stock­ade (event­ing): Owned and rid­den by Claire Field­ing and formerly trained by Sally Duck­ett.

Fol­low The Facts (dres­sage): Owned and rid­den by Steph Potter and formerly trained by Nicky Henderson.

Pe­dre­gal (dres­sage): Owned and rid­den by Tim Masey and formerly trained by Jim Goldie.

Lam­pos (show­ing): Owned and rid­den by Jo­lene Mid­g­ley and formerly trained by Julie Ca­man­cho.

Billybo (show­ing): Owned and Rid­den by Claire Grif­fiths and formerly trained by Tim Vaughan.

Desert Joe (show­ing): Owned by Liz Prowt­ing, rid­den by Re­becca Court and formerly trained by Alan King and Sarah Bosley.

Raven­stone Lad (show­ing): Owned and rid­den by Louise Goss and formerly trained by Fiona Ke­hoe.

Wild West (show­ing): Owned and rid­den by Lizzie Har­ris and formerly trained by Jonjo O’Neill.

Word Of Warn­ing (show­ing and un­af­fil­i­ated event­ing): Owned and rid­den by Clare Poole and formerly trained by Philip Kirby.

Last year’s win­ner of RoR Horse of the Year was Be­ware Chalk Pit and pre­vi­ous win­ners in­clude Monet’s Gar­den.

The list of the 2018 nom­i­nees re­flects the di­verse range of back­sto­ries for horses that par­tic­i­pate in RoR-staged events and that go on to en­joy a ful­fill­ing se­cond ca­reer af­ter rac­ing. The fi­nal short­list of four will be an­nounced in the build-up to the RoR Awards night.

‘Jive Mas­ter started his ca­reer at six, when he de­fied dou­ble odds and won his first race’

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