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Laura Collett and Kauto Star to take part in demo at Newbury

Racing fans are in for a treat next month as Laura Collett and Kauto Star are to take part in a demo at Newbury racecourse.

Laura and Kauto have been having dressage lessons with Yogi Breisner since the dual Gold Cup winner arrived at her yard in December.

And although the pair paraded before the King George VI Chase at Kempton on Boxing Day, this will be the first time Laura has ridden him in public. Laura and Kauto will show off some flatwork moves before racing gets under way on Saturday 2 March.

And she’s also bringing her top ride Rayef to Newbury, who is being aimed at Badminton this year.

“I’m delighted to hosting a schooling session at Newbury as it gives racegoers such a great insight into what’s involved at the highest level in british eventing,” said Yogi.

“This year we have the highlight of seeing Kauto Star. He is a wonderful example of the versatility of the thorougbred. He will demonstrate how naturally racehorses adapt to life after racing.”

Gold medal winning Paralympian Deb Criddle will also be there on the day.

And members of British Equestrian Federation bodies — British Showjumping, British Dressage and British Eventing — can get two free tickets for the day.

The day is in aid of racehorse rehabilitation charity Greatwood, and there will be pony rides and and equicizor from the British Racing School, for budding jockeys to test out their skills.

Stephen Higgins of Newbury added: “This will be great day out, filled with equestrian family entertainment and exhilarating jump racing. We’re delighted to welcome special guests Yogi Breisner and Deb Criddle and proud to be supporting such a great cause.”

Gates open at 11.30 am with the first race at 2pm. For more information visit: www.racecoursenewbury.co.uk

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