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Smad Place leads line-up for Retraining of Racehorses parade at Newbury Racecourse on Saturday



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A host of famous names familiar to all fans of the sport and now enjoying successful second careers will parade during racing at Newbury Racecourse on Saturday, the second day of the Ladbrokes Winter Carnival, prior to the running of the third race, the Sir Peter O’Sullevan Memorial Handicap Chase (1.15pm).

The line-up features two Grade 1 winners, Zarkandar and Coneygree, a Group 1 winner, Limato, and dual Cheltenham Festival winner, Un Temps Pour Tout, along with Smad Place, winner of 2015 Hennessy Gold Cup, now Ladbrokes Trophy, and eight-time race winner, Barbers Shop.

The parade will commence at approximately 12.50pm during racing at Newbury.

Smad Place winning the Hennessy Gold Cup, now Ladbrokes Trophy, at Newbury in 2015
Smad Place winning the Hennessy Gold Cup, now Ladbrokes Trophy, at Newbury in 2015

The RoR horses will lead the field out on to the racecourse and appear in front of the stands while the runners head to the start.

The full line-up includes:

  • Barbers Shop – ridden by Katie Jerram-Hunnable
  • Coneygree – ridden by Sara Bradstock
  • Limato – ridden by Ellie Greenhalgh
  • Un Temps Pour Tout – ridden by Clare Poole
  • Smad Place – ridden by Sarah Holden
  • Zarkandar – ridden side saddle by Olivia Fforde

Chief Executive of Retraining of Racehorses (RoR), Di Arbuthnot, said: “We are very grateful to Newbury and Ladbrokes for providing a platform during racing that promotes the versatility of the thoroughbred as well as the range of opportunities now open to former racehorses in their second career.

“We very much hope Newbury racegoers will enjoy seeing not only how well these horses are looking following their retirement from racing but also how they have adapted to learn new skills, including in the case of Zarkandar being ridden side-saddle.”

Director of Marcomms and Sponsorship at Newbury, Harriet Collins, added: “We are delighted to be welcoming back the RoR parade to the Ladbrokes Winter Carnival and are looking forward to seeing the 2015 Hennessy Gold Cup winner Smad Place back at Newbury on Saturday along with a number of other familiar faces.

“The work of the RoR is so important and it’s a real treat for our racegoers to be able to see them being ridden and enjoying life after their racing careers are over.”



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