Cheltenham: Clare and Paul Rooney tell trainers to resume entering runners at course

Jump racing’s mountainous Cheltenham Festival meeting takes effect this twelve months from 12-15 March

Leading owners Paul and Clare Rooney beget instructed trainers they want their horses to sprint at Cheltenham again.

The Rooneys had been intelligent the dwelling of jump racing would possibly per chance per chance pose an elevated risk of hurt to their horses.

“We are *** Paul and Clare beget determined to produce entries at Cheltenham,” said racecourse boss Ian Renton.

Starchitect, owned by the couple, broke a leg when main in the Caspian Caviar Gold Cup at the be aware in December 2017 and wanted to be effect down.

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A assertion issued on behalf of the couple on Thursday said: “As became as soon as widely reported in the media at the time, at the cease of ultimate twelve months Paul and Clare Rooney instructed their trainers to suspend making their entries for races at Cheltenham Racecourse. That instruction became as soon as given in light of considerations over hurt rates at the course.

“Since then, Paul and Clare Rooney had been in fashioned verbal change with the racecourse and with the BHA (British Horseracing Authority).

“Intensive facts and facts about all aspects of horse welfare at the course has been made readily accessible to them. They’ve furthermore undertaken their very gather investigations into such matters.

“These communications culminated in a meeting final week between Simon Claisse, regional head of racing and clerk of the course at Cheltenham Racecourse, and Jason Maguire, racing manager to Paul and Clare Rooney.

“In light of such matters, Paul and Clare Rooney beget confirmed that they’ve instructed their trainers that they’d well also just resume making entries for races at Cheltenham. They finish awake for supporting the course in future as half of their overall commitment to Nationwide Hunt racing.”

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