Prince Harry to attend charity day at Newbury Racecourse
February 03, 2012
Prince Harry is to visit Newbury a week tomorrow for the Betfair Super Saturday meeting.
Harry is attending in his role of patron of the charity, Walking With The Wounded and 2012 Everest Challenge.
The second race, live on Channel 4, has been re-named the Betfair Supports Walking With The Wounded Handicap Hurdle and the winning trophy will be presented by the Prince.
Harry will also spend time with the Everest Summit Team, including North Pole veterans Martin Hewitt and Jaco Van Gass along with Karl Hinnett, David Wiseman and Francis Atkinson.
Stephen Higgins, Newbury’s managing director of racecourse and events, said: “We are delighted that Prince Harry will be joining us on Betfair Super Saturday.
“We look forward to welcoming him, along with everyone, to what is shaping into a superb afternoon both on and off the track.”
Unfortunately, Ruby Walsh won’t be riding at Newbury as his appeal against a three-day careless riding ban was dismissed following a hearing at the British Horseracing Authority yesterday.
The Irish jockey was handed the suspension and demoted from first place after last Saturday’s JCB Triumph Hurdle Trial at Cheltenham when his mount, Pearl Swan, leaned on to Grumeti inside the final furlong.
After crossing the line a short head in front, the raceday stewards deemed the interference serious enough to have affected the result of the race.
Carruthers could be back in action in the Betfair Denham Chase at Newbury after escaping serious injury in the Coral Welsh National.
Winner of the The Hennessy Gold Cup in November, the nine-year-old owned and bred by Lord Oaksey needed several stitches after being badly struck into in the Chepstow marathon.
Trainer Mark Bradstock’s wife said: “He’s OK now, but we were extremely lucky in that melee at the first bend at Chepstow because a centimetre either way could have been structural damage and fatal.
“He’s back in training and the plan is to go to Newbury. Whether he will make that or not we don’t know at this stage.”
* Ascot announced this week that The Golden Jubilee Stakes has been renamed The Diamond Jubilee Stakes to mark this important milestone in Her Majesty The Queen’s reign.
Ascot’s chief executive Charles Barnett said: “All being well, we will be running the race with the world’s top rated sprinter, Black Caviar, representing Australia in what is historically Europe’s most international race.”
The six-furlong sprint will be held on Saturday, June 23.