Masters to ride in third Countryside Alliance ‘Race for Repeal’ at Ascot

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The third Countryside Raceday at Ascot will take place on Sunday 1 April.

Nine masters will take part in the ‘Race for Repeal’ in aid of the Countryside Alliance’s hunting campaign.

The Masters’ race will be the first of the day and is run over seven furlongs.

Amongst the masters running is Alice Dunson of the Surrey Union. She said: “I’m doing the Master’s race at Ascot 1 April 2012! My first question ‘What’s the weight? I hate dieting….‘”

Andrew Sallis told H&H he was taking his training “hole-by-hole”.

He said: “I’m very excited about it despite a fair amount of trepidation. But at least there are no fences! I think it’s up to those of us who haven’t ridden in races before to give a good account of ourselves.”

Fran Bell of the Devon & Somerset Staghounds took the title last year aboard Fair Ruler, just ahead of Bill Smith of the Hursley Hambledon on Dichoh, and Nessie Lambert of the Heythrop.

Aside from the flagship race there will be a full race card and hound parade.

The nine MFHs riding will be:

Alice Dunsdon – Surrey Union
Andrew Sallis – East Sussex & Romney Marsh
Guy Landau – West Somerset Vale
Libby Lawson – East Kent
Michael Bowlby – Old Berks
Michael Felton – Blackmore and Sparkford Vale
Rupert Nuttall – Blackmore and Sparkford Vale
Tim Lee – Chiddingfold, Leconfield and Cowdray
William Bryer – Cattistock

Tickets start at £18 and under-18s go free.
To sponsor the riders visit: www.countryside-alliance.org