Racing legends a big attraction at show

It’s a contest that fans of Irish national hunt racing would go a long way to see.

Dual Queen Mother Champion Chase winner Moscow Flyer is taking on chasing hero Beef or Salmon; Cheltenham Gold Cup and King George IV Chase winner, Kicking King; Champion Chaser Newmill; Aintree sGrand National winners Numbersixvalverde and Silver Birch Mossbank; and Mansony, in a field of 18 entered for the Racehorse to Riding Horse Class at the Discover Ireland Dublin Horse Show on Saturday, Aug 18.

Famous hurdlers are well represented too, with Hardy Eustace, Harchibald, Dom Fontenail and Accordion Etoile in the field.

Group class winning sprinter Snaefell, and Sabadilla, successful both on the level and over fences, are also in the line-up.

Firecatcher, Beau de Turgeon, Horseface Jack and Marche Militaire are proven winners in the show ring, each having won an open racehorse to riding horse class, qualifying them to secure invitational places at this year’s Discover Ireland Dublin Horse Show.

The aim of the Racehorse to Riding Horse class is to identify racehorses that make useful and suitable riding horses. The class was introduced to showcase how ex-racehorses can adapt to another discipline, once they hang up their racing plates.

The class also give spectators and fans an opportunity to see their racing heroes once again.

The Irish Thoroughbred Marketing sponsored event is included in more than 100 showing classes at the show.

* The RDS marks the Irish Donkey Society’s 40th anniversary by welcoming donkeys back to its Dublin Horse Show after a 12-year absence. A donkey display organised by the society will take place on Sunday, Aug 19 at 1pm in Ring 1.

It will feature miniature driving donkeys; ridden donkeys; a working donkey carrying turf creels; and a mare and foal. The display will give an insight into donkeys’ versatility as working and companion animals.

* Usually held in early August, this year’s Horse Show moves to Aug 15-19 to allow showjumping competitors time to return to Dublin from the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

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