RACEGOERS at Hexham’s St. George’s Day meeting on Monday will find an intriguing and rare runner particularly interesting.
Trainer Micky Hammond from Middleham is due to run a horse called Angrove Rumbaba in the 5pm bumper. Nicknamed ‘Rummy’ and owned by Heather and Alistair Kitching of Angrove Stud at Great Ayton, North Yorkshire, the horse is unusual in that its colouring is part brown and part white.
There are some 15,000 racehorses training in Britain and they all comply with one of the following colour descriptions – Black, Bay, Chestnut, Brown, Grey, Roan and White.
As the markings are so rare, the International Stud Book Committee agreed to describe horses patterned in this way as ‘Painted’.
Weatherbys say there are only two ‘Painted’ or skewbald racehorses currently in training – Join The Dots, who raced once last year, and Angrove Rumbaba.
Hexham Racecourse marketing executive Lauren Dobson said: “He is truly a unique and beautiful horse. The official description of the horse is ‘skewbald’ which is an extremely rare colouration in racing.”
There will be a patriotic theme to Monday’s National Hunt race meeting.
Roast beef and English apple pie will be on the menu when the six-race card starts at 2.30pm.
Feature race is the Traders’ Betting Exchange Handicap Chase overthree miles and one furlong, due off at 4pm.
Traders’ Betting Exchange, based in Newcastle, are enthusiastic supporters of Hexham Racecourse and are sponsoring all six races on the card.