National Hunt champions to parade at Sandown tomorrow

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  • Racing’s National Hunt champions will be paraded at Sandown tomorrow (28 April) to celebrate the end of the jump racing season.

    The parade will include the Paul Nicholls-trained Neptune Collonges, winner of the 2012 Grand National.

    He will be joined by stable-mates Big Buck’s and Kauto Star.

    Big Buck’s made history at this year’s Cheltenham Festival by winning four consecutive World Hurdles. And earlier this month at Aintree, he set a new record for the number of consecutive wins by a National Hunt horse, collecting his 17th win in a row.

    While Kauto Star became the only horse to have won the King George VI Chase five times in December 2011.

    “This is a chance for racegoers to see the champions of the season parading in their winning rugs with their trophies, and to applaud their success,” a spokesperson for Sandown told H&H.

    “It’s a chance to get up close and personal with the horses.”

    Parading from Nicky Henderson’s yard will be Bob’s Worth, Sprinter Sacre, Finian’s Rainbow, Riverside Theatre and Simonsig.

    And popular Cheltenham winner Hunt Ball, trained by Keiran Burke and owned by Anthony Knott, will also be appearing.

    It will start at 12.30pm in the parade ring and will be followed by the The Sandown Park Awards ceremony at 12.45pm.

    The day continues with a combination of Flat and jumps races – including the Bet265 Gold Cup.

    For more information visit: www.sandown.co.uk

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