Arctic’s Double Clear Good For The Soul

A fantastic clear in the cross-country and a fault-free round of show jumping hoisted Arctic Soul and Gemma Tattersall from a post dressage placing of 67th to a top ten finish at the 2017 Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials and, for the second year running, the prize for highest placed former racehorse.

Producing one of rounds of the day in the cross-country on Saturday, Arctic Soul and Gemma Tattersall climbed a remarkable 55 places up the leadership board to finish the day in 12th place. Sunday’s clear round in the show jumping resulted in the combination climbing another five places to take 7th overall.

Another top ten finish after last year’s third place, was enough to once again secure Arctic Soul the prize for the highest placed former racehorse and the £1000 cash prize given by Retraining of Racehorses (RoR).

Of the six former racehorses that started at this year’s running of the world’s premier three-day-event, three completed. In addition to Arctic Soul and Gemma Tattersall, the American combination of Donner and Lynn Symansky finished a very creditable 22nd on their Badminton debut, while Galley Light and Ben Way once again completed.

It was the second year that there has been an official prize for the highest placed former racehorse at Badminton. The successful pair, Arctic Soul and Gemma Tattersall, were awarded their RoR prize and cheque by HRH The Duchess of Cornwall as part of the official awards ceremony. The prize is open to any thoroughbred horse that has raced under the rules of a recognised racing authority.