Retrained racehorses set for Barbury

Sixteen former racehorses will be lining up at the St James’s Place Barbury International Horse Trials

RoRnext week to be in with the chance of winning the RoR Eventing Championship.

The competition, which has a total of £6,000 prize money and sponsored by the National Trainers Federation (NTF), will be hotly contested with entries including Kristna Cook (Watergate), Harry Meade (Sparkys Reflection) and Jeanette Brakewell (Tory Massini).

Amongst those lining up will be former professional jockey Kelly Harrison, with Daredevil Boy. Kelly regularly rode for established trainers such as William Haggas before retiring in 2013, whilst Daredevil Boy failed to make an impression in his two starts as a racehorse. He has now found a new calling competing and in doing so he has helped his owner ‘fill the void of not race-riding’.

Kelly commented: “I got Daredevil Boy from Jo Hughes in Lambourn three and a half years ago. He really helped me with retiring from being a jockey, as I wanted to continue competing at something, so focusing on re-training and competing him helped fill the void of not race-riding. He has taken a bit of time to adapt to his role as an event horse, as initially he had to learn to settle but he always showed promise, particularly in the cross-country phase. This season he has felt great and I have had my eye on the RoR class at Barbury for a while and I feel he is now ready. I have never been to Barbury before, I hear its stunning and it’s really exciting to be competing at such a high profile event.”

The competition will be run at Intermediate Novice, with the top ten finishers returning on Sunday to show jump for ROR Championship.

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