Persad takes Derby challenge
Rishi Persad is one of the 12 riders for next year's St Patrick's Derby, held during The Festival at Cheltenham on March 13.
Staged to raise money for Cancer Research UK, this will be the fifth renewal of the contest.
Persad, who has not ridden by many years, will be joined by Morgan Stanley banker Kieran Ryan; development director at Great British Racing Nigel Roddis; Dubai-based Sheikh Samir Mirdad; Emma Cook who works at Cheltenham Racecourse; Michelle Turner a director at Pertemps; Point-to-Point enthusiast Heather Kemp; Wexford trainer Bernadette Murphy; assistant trainer to David Bridgwater, Lucy Bridgwater; County Meath businessman Douglas Taylor; student Tom O'Neill and Cheltenham businesswoman Alexia Buckwell.
Sophia Brudenell, communications manager at Cheltenham, said: "We had a huge number of entries for next year's St Patrick's Derby and it was therefore really difficult to pick the 12 chosen riders.
"We wanted to ensure that we have a mix of people riding from both the racing industry and those who ride either as a hobby or in another equine sport. People of all ages are participating and both sides of the Irish Sea are well represented.
"I really hope that next year's race will push the total amount of money raised by Cheltenham for Cancer Research UK to over £1million, which would be an amazing feat in the five years of the partnership."