Pony race ready for off

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Saturday’s racing at the Moor will feature the first ever Shetland pony race at 1pm.

Five ponies with child jockeys on board – dressed in proper colours – will be taking part in the event which carries a £100 prize first prize and sees schools Drumlanrig, Wilton (pictured with Benjy), Stirches, Trinity and Burnfoot all represented.

Each of the shetland ponies has been supplied by local owners, including Brian Bouglas whose brainchild it was to organise the event.

He said: “I just thought something like this would be a good idea as it’s about the kids for the kids, and it was Sam Deans’ idea to tie it to the schools. I’m sure the kids and ponies will get a great response.”

The race is included in the programme, with details of colours, owner and jockey name. And it will be held over the final furlong of the track.

Aterwards, whoever is first past the post, will be paraded in the winner’s enclosure. First prize is £100 and a trophy; runner-up gets riding lessons at Judith King’s; while the third-placed rider will receive a £50 voucher for Millers; and fourth and fifth £25 for Millers.