2018 – 2019 Wilkinson Sword & Princess Royal Championships
The 2019 – 2020 Wilkinson Sword (novice men) and the Princess Royal Championships (novice women) are prestigious contests, open to riders who, at the start of the season have yet to ride a winner under the rules of any recognised Racing Authority (including Point to Points and Arabian Horse Racing).
Mike (cl) & George (cr) Chatterton
image courtesy & copyright Grace Beresford
First awarded in 1980 the Wilkinson Sword has been won by many novices who have gone on to become leading lights in the sport, in recent years it has also become a st a milestone on the way to a professional racing career for jockeys such as Sean Bowen, Harry Cobden, James Bowen, and Connor Brace.
In 2019 the award was won by Durham University student George Chatterton, who struck up a strong partnership with Distime and Minella Friend, owned by his grandfather George, and trained by Chris Bealby.
The Wilkinson Sword was originally contested by both men and women, but in 2000 became a men’s championship contest following the introduction of the Princess Royal championship for women riders.
Kate Lowcock was the 2019 winner of the Princess Royal Championship.
In addition to a prize package including kit vouchers, a personalised Birdie cartoon and a perpetual challenge trophy George and Kate will each benefit from RSS sponsorship for the 2019 – 2020 season from sponsors Howden Insurance.
2019 – 2020 Leaderboard
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Eligibility and Scoring
These championships are open to riders who have not ridden a winner under the Rules of any Recognised Racing Authority (including Point to Pointing and Arabian Horse Racing) prior to the start of the 2019 – 2020 Point To Point Season.
Please note that the under 21 age threshold has been removed, and this season’s contests are open to riders of any age.
The winner of each championship will be decided by the number of winners ridden in all races up to, and including <tbc>
Howden is one of the UK’s leading insurance brokers with a specialist division supporting the equine industry.
With a range of tailored products designed for riders and owners, Howden has many years’ experience of supporting Point to Point racing.