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Stage set for Cirencester ride

Cirencester Park’s new-look endurance ride has attracted strong entries across the classes

Cirencester Park ride (13-14 July) has been given a makeover this year in response to calls to make the ride more spectator-friendly. There will be a single vetgate with a series of loops leading from the venue in the heart of the Earl of Bathurst’s estate.

Around 300 entries have so far been received for the multi-class event, which includes the junior/young rider national championship.

Among those lining up for Sunday’s 80km ER are Ireland’s Suzanne Perry with Nakyme Azeer, Philip Hirst on Chahalam, Rachel Bishop, who took Exmoor by storm earlier this season with Scarlet, Vicky Brown on Angus Macleod and Anna Welch with Jo Claridge’s Blue Zirrocco.

Cirencester is the final selection event for the young rider team and combinations have been given their choice of distance.

There are around 20 entries apiece for the two ER events on Saturday, the 100km Denbigh Slate ride, which is sponsored by Keith Howells’s Forge Trading UK, and the 65km Corinium ride.

A number of senior British team long-listed riders are contesting the Denbigh Slate, which, after the demise of the 100-mile FEI class here, is now the main focus of the weekend’s action alongside the junior championship.

Looking to impress selectors in one of the most competitive line-ups so far this season will be Sally Hall with Bob’s Your Uncle, Jim Lane and Safaniya, Sarah Kelleway on Ibn Aswana, Rachel Ingvaldson with her mother Jenny Jackson’s Hannah and Jayme Bone on Kruga.

Jo Seiwek will be hoping the Cotswolds again prove lucky for her with Val Cooper’s Tomo after her second place at the Cotswold ride, while Jo Gibson with Zafar and Paula Postlethwaite on her seasoned campaignerSovereign Of Trewyn will also be strong contenders.

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