With five of the 11 entries rated 100 or more ahead of the final of the D&H PPORA Members Club Novice Riders Series at The Melton Hunt Club at Garthorpe, Leicestershire on Sunday 21 May 2017 it is sure to be a race to watch.
12 nationwide qualifiers have been held all over the country from Devon to Cheshire with the first four horses and jockeys in each of the races automatically qualifying for the prestigious final taking place this weekend.
The favourite has to be Lough Inch, in the hands of jockey Rory Bevin. Not only does this local horse love this course but he is in form this season with six wins and a second. Beggar's Velvet under Amy Cox has been hunter chasing most recently having previously won in the Ladies' Open at Mollington. Other horses in this race with recent form include Always A Chance (wins at Whitfield and Mollington), Creepy (Kingston Blount and Revesby Park), For 'n' Against (Hunt Members at Kingston Blount), and Horizontal Speed (Men's Open at Kingston Blount). Againn Dul Aghaidh was fourth last time out in a hunter chase and has won both point to points entered this season, and on Sunday will be ridden by Henry Crow. Ravethebrave has only had one outing (second) this season with Izzy Marshall but must not be discounted – a great race in prospect.
“I always look forward to the series final and this year is no exception, it provides the perfect opportunity to talk directly to our customers, and watch what is bound to be an exciting race. The Novice Riders series is a chance for Dodson & Horrell to support racing at an amateur level, reaching the grassroots of the sport and the heritage of horse racing. The final comes towards the end of a long season and the horses and jockeys have worked tremendously hard to get here,” said Sam Horrell, CEO at Dodson & Horrell.
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