Sports News Article
Published: 28th November 2011
A champion horse owned by a Hemel-based solicitor, Belinda Walkinshaw, was quick off the hoof to help team “Relentless” win the Open Qualifier class at the Bicester & Whaddon Teamchase.
The event held on Sunday 13 November which was sponsored by Pickworths solicitors where Belinda Walkinshaw is a partner, was the first time her new horse, Smirnoff had competed in the event.
Smirnoff, ridden by jockey Rowan Cope is affectionately known as Smirff and was given his name because he was sold to Belinda for a case of vodka by his previous owner. This is Smirff’s first season at teamchasing and he’s proving to be a real winner. Belinda’s other horse Mani, already an experienced teamchaser was in the line up too, ridden by Dickie Barratt. They were joined by Dougie Gittins riding Bono and Philip ridden by Pete Mason.
“Relentless” are already the winners of the Open classes at Meynell and South Staffs, Pytchley, Cotswold and Essex and Suffolk this autumn as well as winners of this year’s Goring Hotel Order of Merit. Bicester & Whaddon is now their sixth win of the season.
For more information on this fast paced exciting equestrian sport, visit www.teamchasing.co.uk . To see Relentless in action at the Bicester & Whaddon Teamchase go to http://www.youtube.com/user/merlynschoice#p/a/u/2/jdWZUZyQM_E.
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