Twelve Masters of Foxhounds (MFHs) have been confirmed to take part in the “Masters’ Race for Repeal” at the Countryside Raceday at Ascot on Sunday 10 April.

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

The 12 MFHs riding will be:
Richard Darke — Dart Vale & South Pool Harriers
Charles Frampton — Portman
Richard Gurney — Old Surrey Burstow and West Kent
Rupert Harvie — Hampshire
Richard Hunnisett — Cottesmore
Joss Hanbury — Quorn
Dominic Jones — South Dorset
Nessie Lambert — Heythrop
Polly Portwin — Bicester with Whaddon Chase
Kess Skinner — Kimblewick
Bill Smith — Hursley Hambledon
Annabel Saunders — Old Berks

Nessie Lambert is excited about riding in a race for the first time.

“It’s quite frightening — I have the weight of the hunt on my shoulders,” Nessie told H&H.

“It’s certainly a challenge but as long as I stay on in the paddock I should be ok! I’m riding out for trainer Richard Phillips every morning I can and have started spinning classes — my new year’s resolution was to fine tune myself.

“I’m getting the stirrups put up and up and now I’m sitting so high I feel like I’m going to fall off. It’s a totally different, and difficult, style of riding — my legs are so sore!”

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