News Bradstock duo head RoR horses parading at Newbury

26th November 2019
Annacotty and Hannah Bishop, pictured above, will feature in the parade at Newbury Racecourse
  • Retrained racehorses on show at the Ladbrokes Winter Carnival
  • RoR Parade in honour of Sir Peter O’Sullevan

To mark the on-going support of the Sir Peter O’Sullevan Charitable Trust for Retraining of Racehorses (RoR), on Saturday at Newbury Racecourse there will be a parade of five former racehorses ahead of the running of the race named in his honour, the Sir Peter O'Sullevan Memorial Handicap Chase.

Included in the line-up are the half-brothers, Gold Cup winner, Coneygree and Hennessy Gold Cup winner, Carruthers, both formerly trained by Mark Bradstock and both previous winners at the fixture. The parade will take place at around 1pm during racing on Saturday, 30thNovember, the second day of the Ladbrokes Winter Carnival.

Joining Coneygree and Carruthers in the parade are three-time Grade 1 winner, Zarkandar, and former high-class chasers Annacotty and Thomas Crapper. All five horses been retrained since retiring from racing and are now thriving in a range of different disciplines.

Coneygree won his first novice chase at Newbury at the 2014 running of this fixture en route to becoming the first novice to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup for over 40 years. Retired in February, Coneygree has already made his mark in the show-ring winning RoR classes and qualifying for this year’s Goffs UK National Championships.

The victory of Carruthers in the 2011 Hennessy Gold Cup provoked some memorable and emotional scenes. The horse being owned and bred by the late Lord Oaksey and his family and trained by his son-in-law, Mark Bradstock. Since retiring from racing Carruthers has enjoyed a busy and varied life, from leading the field out drag hunting to giving small children rides around the school at Mark and Sara Bradstock’s yard in Lambourn.

Similarly versatile are Annacotty, Thomas Crapper and Zarkandar, with each enjoying a number of different activities, including hunting, dressage, showing and show jumping.

The Peter O’Sullevan Trust is a valued supporter of Retraining of Racehorses (RoR), British racing’s official charity for the welfare of retired racehorses, and the Trust is the official sponsor of RoR’s racecourse parades.

Di Arbuthnot, Chief Executive of RoR, said: “We are very grateful to the Peter O’Sullevan Trust for their on-going support of the charity and in particular their sponsorship of our racecourse parades. Sir Peter was a fervent supporter of horse welfare and he would no doubt have enjoyed seeing these former stars parade for the public at Newbury on Saturday.”

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