Zara races for retired racehorses

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  • Zara Phillips swaps her cross-country colours for racing silks in an equine charity race at Plumpton

    Zara Phillips made her debut on the racecourse when she took part in a charity race to raise funds for The Moorcroft Racehorse Welfare Centre at Plumpton racecourse yesterday.

    Riding a four-year-old gelding called Bakiri, trained by Richard Phillips, Princess Anne’s daughter finished second over11 furlongs.

    This was Zara’s first public appearance as a race jockey, although she regularly rides out on exercise for Richard Phillips at home.

    Zara was one 10 runners in the girls v boys race, which was won by Tara Pitman, daughter of the racing commentator Richard, riding the Martin Pipe-trained Montreal.

    Zara hit the headlines last month after she won an individual silver medal at the Young Rider Europeans in Austria, riding Toytown.

    Click here to visit The Moorcroft Racehorse Welfare Centre’s website.

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