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news The Jockey Club RoR Veteran Series for Point to Pointers

3rd October 2022
Al Shahir and Gina Andrews, images courtesy of Nico Morgan

To highlight post-racing career options for Point-to-Pointers, Retraining of Racehorses (RoR) and The Jockey Club will continue to jointly support the RoR Veteran Horse Series.

Instead of a final in May, the series of sixteen races over the season will generate points to find the Champion Veteran Horse. Points will be awarded as follows: winner 5 points, 2nd place 3 points, 3rd place 2 points, runner in race 1 point.

The series will be held at the following fixtures:

MeetingCourse Date
Hursley HambledonLarkhillSunday, 27 November 2022
Barbury InternationalCocklebarrowSunday, 11 December 2022
HarkawayChaddesley CorbettWednesday, 28 December 2022
Modbury HarriersBuckfastleighSunday, 15 January 2023
Revesby Park Races (South Wold)Revesby ParkSaturday, 21 January 2023
JedforestFriars HaughSunday, 22 January 2023
SEHCCharingSunday, 5 February 2023
SinningtonDuncombe ParkSunday, 5 February 2023
CottesmoreGarthorpeSunday, 26 February 2023
YJCCharm ParkSunday, 5 March 2023
High Easter Racing ClubHigh EasterSaturday, 18 March 2023
WiltonMilborne St AndrewSaturday, 18 March 2023
MorpethTranwellSaturday, 1 April 2023
Llangeinor & PentyrchBonvilstonSunday, 16 April 2023
West NorfolkFakenhamSunday, 23 April 2023
WarwickshireMollingtonMonday, 1 May 2023

Special Conditions: For horses which on or since 1st October 2021 have not won any race under the Rules of any recognised Racing Authority (Hunter Chases and Point-to-Points expected.)

There are several examples of successful point-to-pointers who following their retirement from racing have gone on to enjoy considerable success in another discipline, proving that age is no barrier to success in RoR events.

The winning pointer and hunter chaser What Of It retired in 2015 aged 12. Within three years What Of It was crowned RoR Elite Showing Champion, following victories in two of the most prestigious RoR showing classes in the country. Owned by Sarah Ward and her son Tom and ridden by Hannah Horton, in 2018 What Of It swept all before him, winning the Tattersalls Series Final at Hickstead before being awarded Supreme Champion at the RoR Goffs UK National Championships at Aintree.

After a seven-year career between the flags and under rules, winning nine races, five in points and four under rules, Jess Westwood’s popular chaser Monkerty Tunkerty retired from racing in 2016. The pair quickly found their feet in a range of other disciplines, including showing, dressage and show jumping. The now 16-year-old’s fantastic versatility earned Monkerty Tunkerty the accolade of RoR Horse of the Year for 2018.

Throughout the fourteen race series RoR will be aiming to increase awareness of what the charity can offer to assist horses in retraining for a second career, including an extensive range of educational clinics and club nights that are available to those that register horses with RoR.

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