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Pony Racing Jockeys to Shine at Cheltenham
The first ever race restricted to riders who are graduates of Pony Racing is to be staged at Cheltenham Racecourse on Wednesday, April 18, 2012.
The Pony Racing Authority (PRA) Graduates Handicap Hurdle (0-130) is restricted to riders that have graduated from PRA Pony Racing and hold a Category A, Category B or conditional jockeys' licence.
Riders must also have completed 10 starts in point-to-points and under Rules. There are 40 jockeys currently eligible to ride in the race.
Rebecca Morgan, Chief Executive of the Pony Racing Authority, said: "The PRA is very grateful to Cheltenham Racecourse and the BHA in working with us to deliver this first race of its kind. I hope it proves to be a great platform to showcase the next pool of talent that has progressed from Pony Racing. Over 100 riders have already graduated from PRA Pony Racing and now hold a licence and this race is an opportunity to show the next young batch of talented riders coming through."
Champion Trainer, Paul Nicholls, commented: "I cannot speak highly enough of Pony Racing and how much it has brought on young riders. "My nephew [Harry Derham] and daughter [Megan Nicholls] have learnt so much and gained invaluable experience Pony Racing. The PRA have done a terrific job in promoting Pony Racing at both ends - those at the top that want to become professional jockeys, but also those just starting out to encourage them in to the sport. "This new race is a great idea, and I hope to support it with a couple of runners."
Paul Struthers, Chief Executive of the Professional Jockeys' Association, added: "Pony Racing has been
a great success story for British racing and the results speak for themselves. "Through the PJA, I look forward to working closely with the PRA to further develop our close links and hope this race is the success it deserves to be."
For further information, please contact Rebecca Morgan on 07767 612 931