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Pluto crowned Champion in the Newmarket Hacks Class

Press Release 19th August 2017 Newmarket

Pluto, the trusty steed to Trainer George Peckham, was crowned Champion out of a class of 19 horses who were put through their paces in the Newmarket Hacks Class at the Adnams July Course today ahead of racing.  

Pluto is a 16hh Bay Irish Sport Horse whose role involves leading the string out each morning with his trainer aboard, as well as teaching the yearlings to canter up and down the gallops. On his occasional day off during the winter, he loves a day out on the hunting field where he excels.

The trainer’s Hack can often be overlooked in a yard of magnificent racehorses when in fact they play an integral part of day to day life for many racing stables as the trusty steed for the trainer or an assistant.  Ranging from thoroughbred to cob, Hacks come in all shapes, sizes and personalities, some of which make them unique and at times, infamous!

The Newmarket Hacks Class was judged by Edmond Mahony, Chairman of Tattersalls and a regular judge of the Working Hunter show ring circuit along with kind sponsors, Di Arbuthnot, Chief Executive of Retraining of Racehorses (RoR) and Samantha Kettle, representative for Forelock and Load, a Suffolk based equestrian and shooting shop.  The class was split into two parts, one under saddle where riders and horses were asked to walk and trot on both reins, and the other in hand.

Thoroughbreds and non-Thoroughbreds were judged separately and placed from 1st – 6th in each category with rosettes and prizes for both riders and grooms provided by the kind sponsors.  The overall Champion and Reserve Champion were then crowned as well as the Best Turned Out who won £100 worth of vouchers from Forelock and Load and a bucket of goodies. 

Holly Hall, rider of Pluto, overall Champion of the Newmarket Hacks Class, said;

“I am very proud to have partnered Pluto in today’s class, let alone win!  As he is George’s horse, I don’t actually ride him very much – I sat on him on Friday for the first time.  I work for George part time, riding out, so it definitely is a bit of a change to be riding Pluto instead of one of the Thoroughbreds.

“I rode out this morning and then helped Emma [Peckham] gave him a bath and plait him up before heading to the racecourse.

“Pluto can be a bit of a baby though, nine times out of ten he will spook first, scaring the rest of the string!  So he was very well behaved today considering he can be a bit spooky. 

“He is a very important part of the team and we are so pleased he won overall.”

The Newmarket Hacks Class 2017 – Placings

Overall Champion               Pluto ridden by Holly Hall

Overall Reserve Champion  Storming Ambition ridden by Liz Kilfeather

Best Turned Out                 Papineau ridden by Lilli Hines

Thoroughbred category

1st      Storming Ambition ridden by Liz Kilfeather

2nd     Aviador ridden by India Wadham

3rd     Anacreon ridden by Joey Ellis

4th     Saab Almanal ridden by Faye Bainbridge

5th     Ettrick Water ridden by Alessia Vallini

6th     African Story ridden by Sarah Gunn

Highly Commended

Extremity ridden by Angela Shea

Buster Hyvonen ridden by Sandra Middleton

Prince Bishop ridden by Carla Hogg

Senior Whim ridden by Tory Hayter

Zabadi ridden by Sharron Jewkes

Non-Thoroughbred category

1st      Pluto ridden by Holly Hall

2nd     Tarzan ridden by Jacko Fanshawe

3rd     Miller ridden by Rebecca Lowe

4th     Doogle ridden by Polly Gunn

5th     Paddy ridden by Mel White

6th     Hugo ridden by Rachel Flynn

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