New contest to be held for former pony racers

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Former pony racers will soon get the opportunity to compete exclusively against one another at Cheltenham racecourse next month.

The first race is restricted to equine insurance subscribers that have graduated from pony racing and will be held to showcase the talent of riders.

Pony racing was originally introduced in Britain in 2004 in a bid to encourage young people to consider a career as a jockey and notable graduates include Sam and Willy Twiston-Davies, Lucy Alexander and Gina Andrews.

The Pony Racing Authority's graduates handicap hurdle will be held on Wednesday April 18th at Cheltenham and will involve riders that hold a category A, category B or conditional jockeys' licence.

They must also have completed ten starts in point-to-point races and under rules.

"This new race is a great idea, and I hope to support it with a couple of runners. I cannot speak highly enough of pony racing and how it has brought on young riders," champion trainer Paul Nicholls' daughter Megan commented.

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