Newmarket Hacks bid for Best in Show

Newmarket Racecourses is very pleased to announce the return of the Hacks Class on Saturday, 19th August, open exclusively to Newmarket based trainers.

The trainer’s Hack can often be overlooked in a yard of magnificent racehorses when in fact they play an integral part of day to day life for many racing stables as a the trusty steed for the trainer or an assistant. Ranging from thoroughbred to cob, Hacks come in all shapes, sizes and personalities, some of which make them unique and at times, infamous!

The Hacks Class will take place at 12.45pm in the Parade Ring at Newmarket’s Adnams July Course and will be judged by Tattersalls Chairman, Edmond Mahony, a regular judge of the Working Hunter show ring circuit. Kind sponsors, Retraining of Racehorses (RoR) and Suffolk based equestrian and shooting shop Forelock & Load, have provided prizes for the Champion, Reserve Champion, third, fourth and grooms, as well as Forelock & Load also kindly providing the Best Turned Out with a special prize too.

This free to enter class will include two elements, one ridden and another in hand, and all Hacks will be partnered with either their Trainer or a member of the yard’s team. All riders taking part will have to adhere to standard showing dress code, including a jacket, tie or stock and also light coloured breeches.

Edmond Mahony, Chairman of Tattersalls, Judge of the Hacks Class, said;
“The Hacks Class will be a fantastic addition to racing on Saturday, 19th August and I am very much looking forward to seeing the line up on the day.  Both aspects of the class are equally important and will offer me the best opportunity to select the Champion.  Key attributes I will be looking out for include a strong but controlled forward going pace, soundness, good manners and a horse happy in both its work and environment.”

Kirstie Johnston, Director, Forelock & Load, joint sponsors of the Hacks Class, said;
“We are thrilled to be involved with the Newmarket Hacks Best in Show class. The hacks have a crucial job within the day to day running of the racing yard. I remember admiring Sir Henry Cecil aboard a beautiful grey Arab many years ago. It’s fantastic that they are getting recognition on the racecourse.”

Di Arbuthnot, Chief Executive, Retraining of Racehorses, joint sponsors of the Hacks Class, said;
“We are delighted to see the return of the Hacks Class at Newmarket and to be a sponsor of the event. At RoR our aim is to showcase the breadth of options open for former racehorses when they finish their racing career. While some maybe retrained and compete in eventing or dressage, being a reliable hack for a trainer is just as worthwhile a second career and provides another example of how adaptable and intelligent thoroughbreds can be”.