Sakhee's Secret: Bridget Swire's homebred won the Listed Cathedral Stakes at Salisbury en route to winning the July CupPICTURE: Martin Lynch
Salisbury to stage race in memory of Bridget Swire
A RACE in memory of the late prominent owner-breeder Bridget Swire, who died in December aged 85, will be run at Salisbury this year.
The £12,000 6f Class 2 maiden for two-year-olds will be staged on Sunday June 13 alongside the Listed Bathwick Tyres Cathedral Stakes which Swire won with her homebreds Palace Affair and subsequent July Cup winner Sakhee's Secret. The latter's half-brother Palace Moon went down by a short head in the race last year.
For many years, Swire's horses were trained in nearby Andover by Toby Balding, who said: "It could not be more appropriate for Salisbury to be the choice of venue for a race to be run in Bridget's memory.
"It was one of her local tracks where she was always pleased to have runners, and where in fact she had her first homebred winner in June 1982 with So True, a very good mare in her own right".
Jeremy Martin, clerk of the course at Salisbury, added: "The Swire family are very generously making a significant contribution to this new race, and we are honoured that they have chosen Salisbury to have a race in Bridget Swire's memory".
A service to celebrate, and in memory of Bridget Swire's life, will be at Kimpton Church, Kimpton, near Andover at 11.30am on Friday April 30.