Pony racing finals to take place at Newmarket

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Budding jockeys will make a bid to be crowned 2012 pony racing champions tomorrow (Saturday 6 October) at Newmarket racecourse.

Twelve jockeys have qualified for each final – 138cm and under and 148cm and under – since the start of this year’s series in April.

“The 2012 Charles Owen pony racing finals are the culmination of the best part of a year’s hard work for many riders,” said the Pony Racing Authority’s Rebecca Davies .

“Newmarket are kindly hosting the finals for the first time, and I know the two races will be hotly contested.”

Among the jockeys racing is last year’s 138cm champion Charlotte Greenway, who will be going for the double. And battling it out for the 148cm title will be National Hunt trainer Paul Nicholls’ daughter Megan and flat trainer James Fanshawe’s son Tom.

Newmarket’s Michael Prosser said: “”We are delighted to be staging the finals as we’ve always been staunch advocates of the Pony Racing Authrotiy and of the series.

“This Saturday sees us hosting a high-class racing programme and so the accompanying pony racing finals provide a great opportunity for the young riders to perform on a big stage.”

Pony racing was formally introduced in Britain in 2004 to encourage more young people to consider a career as a jockey.

For more information visit www.newmarketracecourses.co.uk and www.ponyracingauthority.co.uk

Originally published on horseandhound.co.uk