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Varsity Horse Race 2015
The five-person teams for the 2015 Vision Varsity Horse Race at Newmarket’s Rowley Mile Racecourse on Saturday, 10th October have been announced with James Alexander captaining the defending champions, Cambridge University, and Alice Stables leading the way for Oxford University.
The 10-horse one mile contest will be run as the first race on day two of the Dubai Future Champions Festival, a two-day Festival which boasts total prize money of over £2 million and features Europe’s two richest Group 1 two-year-old races, the Dubai Dewhurst Stakes and the Dubai Fillies’ Mile.
All the riders are current students at Britain’s two top universities and many of them had never ridden a racehorse before training for this race began in the spring.
Alexander is the only person on either side to have taken part in last year’s inaugural Vision Varsity Horse Race. He finished fourth aboard Harry Bosch, helping his Cambridge side to a resounding victory in the team competition.
About The Vision Varsity Horse Race 2015
Following the successful launch of the Varsity Horse Race in 2014 the newly sponsored Vision Varsity Horse Race will be contested at Newmarket’s Rowley Mile Racecourse on Saturday, 10th October; the second and final day of the inaugural Dubai Future Champions Festival.
The historic sporting rivals Oxford and Cambridge Universities will battle it out once again over the straight mile course to see who can claim this year’s crown. In 2014 Cambridge’s Kate Waters stormed down the stand side rail aboard Ocean Applause to take victory for the Cambridge team. Will it be the light blue of Cambridge again or will the dark blues of Oxford be crowned champions for the first time?
Jockey Coaches Michael Tebbutt and John Reid have been overseeing training at the British Racing School in Newmarket and Oaksey House in Lambourn where fitness assessments have been conducted and riding techniques honed on equicizers. The riders have then been applying their theoretical knowledge to the gallops riding out for various trainers up and down the country.
Newmarket Racecourses has been generously supported by Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, allowing all those in full time education with a valid NUS card, free tickets to a fabulous day’s racing.
The second running will take place before a top quality card, which features both the Group 1 £500,000 Dubai Dewhurst Stakes and the 177th renewal of the £250,000 Betfred Cesarewitch Handicap not to mention four other stakes races. This year’s running will also be shown on Channel 4 Racing for the first time.
To see last year’s renewal of the race, please visit http://po.st/Varsity2014
Allison is the Publisher of Eclipse Magazine. She loves going to the Races and is learning to bet (despite being officially the worst bettor in the History of the Universe), there’s a lot more to learn…