A Royal runner at Uttoxeter's evening horse racing meeting

THE Duchess of Cornwall has a runner at this evening's race meeting at Uttoxeter (August).

Successful hurdler Pacify, bred by the Duchess and her husband, The Price of Wales, is scheduled to debut over the bigger obstacles in the 1m 7f Final Furlong Novices Chase.

The eight-year-old, a former very good flat horse, is trained by Jamie Snowden at his Lambourn yard, which has a history of producing Cheltenham Gold Cup winners.

The Duchess's interest in horseracing has no doubt influenced her popularity with her mother-in-law, the Queen, an avid supporter of the equine sport as owner of a host of horses in training at leading stables.

Trainer Snowden has Royal connections as he rode for the Queen during his career as a jockey.

Under normal circumstances this evening's bumper nine-race card at the East Staffordshire course would likely have attracted a sizeable crowd, given the appealing warm and dry weather forecast.

But, of course, the coronavirus pandemic is still confining racing behind closed doors.

Staffordshire Moorlands trainer Jennie Candlish, whose Basford Grange yard has made a quiet emergence from lockdown, sends out bottom-weight Leeswood Lily in the opening 2m 3f Sky Sports Novices Hurdle at 4.30.

The seven-year-old remains a maiden after seven starts, but has been placed three times - finishing second over hurdles at Sedgefield in January, which added to two third-place finishes in bumpers.

Scottish Grand National winning jockey Sean Quinlan again gets the ride, after finishing eighth of 12 runners over hurdles at Uttoxeter last month.

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