Special award for top hurdler

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  • Champion Hurdler Rooster Booster is the horse who most contributed to the public’s enjoyment of national hunt racing during 2003.

    Owner Terry Warner was presented with a specially commissioned painting by artist Terence Gilbert in the National Hunt Horse of the Year competition sponsored by Weatherbys and the Racehorse Owners Association.

    Overburdened with weight by the handicapper, Rooster Booster struggled to win for the first two years Warner owned him. But he blossomed in the run-up to the 2003 Champion Hurdle and won by the third longest margin in the race’s history.

    The grey is now nine years old and is being targeted at back-to-back Champion Hurdles. He was bred by Richard and Elsie Mitchell in Dorset.

  • This story was published in this week’s issue of Horse & Hound (25 September).

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